At the same time, a spokesperson for the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, tested positive for Covid-19 this week after interacting with several infected Texas Democratic state legislators who traveled to Washington DC.
Since she was exposed, the person had no contact with Pelosi, who comes after the vice president in the line of presidential succession, said his deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, in a statement.
“This individual has not had contact with anyone since the exposure,” Hammill added.
“The entire press office is working remotely today, with the exception of people who have not been exposed to the individual or who have had a recent negative test,” he added. “Our office will continue to closely monitor” the issue.
“In keeping with an agreement we made during the transition to be transparent, we made a commitment to proactively release information if commissioned officers are” the infected, “said White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
“We continue to honor that commitment,” added Psaki.
At least six of the more than 50 Texas Democrats who met in Austin last week to block Republican-backed bills that would review state election laws tested positive for Covid-19 in Washington.
The infections sparked a flurry of contact traces on Capitol Hill and in the White House, where they met with lawmakers and senior government officials, including Vice President Kamala Harris.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, suggested House leaders could discuss “whether to go back to work,” but added that the Office of the Physician Assistant, which deals with medical needs Congress, “has not suggested it.”
Dr. Brian Monahan has not yet announced any changes to the policy on the use of masks for members of the House.