A reporter covering Vice President Kamala Harris tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday, forcing a thorough cleaning of the White House briefing room before this afternoon’s press conference.
The White House pool released a statement, noting the reporter tested positive during routine screening.
“As soon as we were notified, we disbanded the Vice President’s pool and sent them home. They will be tested again tomorrow. Out of an abundance of caution, we made arrangements for the briefing room to be cleaned. We have also begun the process of contact tracing,” it said.
“This individual did not have any contact with the Vice President or White House staff,” the statement added.
A reporter for McClatchy News assigned to White House press pool duties tweeted a photo of a worker in full protective gear cleaning the briefing room.
The infected reporter wasn’t identified.