Mike Pence gained't be quarantined after 4 aides take a look at constructive for coronavirus


U.S. Vice President Mike Pence stands with his wife Karen after casting his ballot for the upcoming election at a polling station in Indianapolis, Indiana, the United States, on October 23, 2020.

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Vice President Mike Pence will not be quarantined even though some of his employees have tested positive for coronavirus, his office said.

Pence's chief of staff Marc Short is isolating after testing positive on Saturday, Devin O & # 39; Malley, a spokesman for the vice president, said in a statement. A senior political advisor to the Vice President Marty Obst and two other advisors were also positive, according to NBC News.

O & # 39; Malley said in a statement released late Saturday that Pence and second lady Karen Pence both tested negative and "remain in good health".

Pence is expected to hold a rally in Kinston, North Carolina later Sunday. The battlefield state is neck and neck with polls on average showing Democratic candidate Joe Biden is just over a percentage point ahead.

"While Vice President Pence is viewed as being in close contact with Mr. Short, in consultation with the White House Medical Department, the Vice President will keep his schedule under CDC Essential Personnel Guidelines," O & # 39; Malley said in the statement.

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows declined to say how many people connected to the Vice President's office tested positive when he was pushed down by CNN's Jake Tapper Sunday morning.

Meadows said he would not reveal any personal information "unless it is the Vice President or the President or someone very close to them where people are at risk."

The surge of cases near the Vice President comes at a politically dangerous time.

The election between President Donald Trump and Biden, the former Vice President, takes place in nine days. Trump was hospitalized earlier this month for Covid-19 but has since recovered.

Pence is expected to be in the Senate on Monday to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the Supreme Court. Speaking at a rally in Tallahassee on Saturday night, Pence said he would "not miss this vote for the world".

Barrett's confirmation, now seemingly confirmed, was put at risk after three Republican senators contracted the virus.

Two of those lawmakers – Senator Mike Lee from Utah and Senator Thom Tillis from North Carolina – attended the Barrett White House nomination ceremony last month, which was later linked to at least eight cases.

The 61-year-old Pence has an increased risk of serious illnesses from Covid-19 due to his age. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say people age 85 and older are at greatest risk.


Katherine Clark