Nov 9, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Ben Carson tests positive for coronavirus

Photo of Ben Carson standing at the podium speaking at a Trump/Pence event
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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson tested positive for COVID-19, ABC News first reported on Monday.

Why it matters: Carson is the latest in a string of White House officials to contract the virus — days after Chief of Staff Mark Meadows also tested positive. Like Meadows, Carson attended the White House’s largely mask-free election night party last week alongside a group of other top officials in President Trump's Cabinet.

  • The White House has grown increasingly secretive about outbreaks — including its cluster of infections involving Meadows, which also includes a top Trump campaign official as well as undisclosed White House staff, per AP.
  • Meadows’ infection was kept under wraps and remained unknown to many staff until Bloomberg News reported it Friday.

What we're hearing: The 69-year-old Carson is "in good spirits and feels fortunate to have access to effective therapeutics which aid and markedly speed his recovery," his deputy chief of staff told ABC News.

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