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Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

An outbreak of COVID-19 has struck the White House — including the president himself — just weeks before the 2020 election.

Why it matters: If the president can get infected, anyone can. And the scramble to figure out the scope of this outbreak is a high-profile, high-stakes microcosm of America's larger failures to contain the virus and to stand up a contact-tracing system that can respond to new cases before they have a chance to become outbreaks.

COVID-19 positives

Wednesday, Sept. 30

  • Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel

Thursday, Oct. 1

  • White House communications aide Hope Hicks
  • President Trump
  • First Lady Melania Trump
  • Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah)

Friday, Oct. 2

  • Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.)
  • Former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway
  • Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien

Saturday, Oct. 3

  • Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)
  • University of Notre Dame President John Jenkins, who attended the Rose Garden ceremony for Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court
  • Three unidentified White House reporters also who attended the ceremony
  • Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Sunday, Oct. 4

  • Director of Oval Office operations Nick Luna

Monday, Oct. 5

  • White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany
  • Two unidentified White House communications aides

Tuesday, Oct. 6

  • White House senior adviser Stephen Miller

Wednesday, Oct. 7

  • White House security office chief Crede Bailey (positive test date unconfirmed)

Tuesday, Oct. 13

  • Trish Scalia, who attended the Rose Garden event with husband, Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, (though it's unclear where she contracted the virus)

Wednesday, Oct. 14

  • First lady Melania Trump said her son, Barron Trump, contracted the virus but had no symptoms. She did not say when exactly he tested positive.

Saturday, Oct. 24

  • Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short.
COVID-19 negatives (per most recent known test)

Friday, Oct. 2

  • Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)
  • Eric and Lara Trump
  • Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.)
  • President Trump's son Barron Trump
  • Ivanka Trump
  • Jared Kushner
  • Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett (previously tested positive this summer)
  • Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
  • Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
  • White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow

Saturday, Oct. 3

  • White House social media director Dan Scavino
  • Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

Monday, Oct. 5

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
  • President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani

Tuesday, Oct. 6

  • Attorney General Bill Barr
  • Katie Miller, press secretary to Vice President Mike Pence (She tested positive in May)

Wednesday, Oct 7

  • Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)
  • Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence

Thursday, Oct. 8

  • Democratic nominee Joe Biden

Monday, Oct. 12

Tuesday, Oct. 13

  • Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia

Editor's note: This article has been updated with the latest coronavirus results.

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