KEY POINTS

  • White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany announced on Twitter Monday she had tested positive for COVID-19
  • McEnany tested negative for the virus since Thursday, but a recent test came back positive
  • McEnany said she isn’t experiencing any symptoms 

Kayleigh McEnany, President Donald Trump’s press secretary, announced on Twitter Monday she had tested positive for COVID-19. 

McEnany is the latest White House staffer to test positive for the virus, adding to questions about how widespread the White House outbreak is.

“With my recent positive test, I will begin the quarantine process and will continue working on behalf of the American people remotely,” McEnany said.

McEnany also added she isn’t experiencing any symptoms and had tested negative for the virus on Thursday.  

McEnany briefed reporters Thursday morning, hours before Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19. On Friday, she appeared on Fox News and removed her mask to speak with reporters at the White House. She then spoke with reporters again on Sunday and did not wear a mask.

When the White House was conducting contact tracing in the aftermath of Hope Hicks' diagnosis, McEnany was told she had been in close proximity and was pulled off the president's fundraising trip to New Jersey

In addition to McEnany and the president, there are several other known positive cases of COVID-19 around Trump, including Hicks, Trump personal assistant Nick Luna, former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and Republican Sens. Thom Tillis, Mike Lee and Ron Johnson.

Trump is still recovering from the disease at Walter Reed National Military Hospital but was scheduled for release Monday evening. 

"If he continues to look and feel as well as he does ... our hope is that we can plan for a discharge ... to the White House where he can continue his treatment course," said Dr. Brian Garibaldi of Johns Hopkins University, who is consulting on the president's medical treatment.

The president was placed on supplemental oxygen Friday, given an experimental antibody treatment, and put on courses of Remdesivir, an antiviral, and the steroid dexamethasone, which generally is administered only in the most severe cases.