Pence chief of workers, senior political advisor, each examined optimistic for Covid-19


WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 10: Marc Short, Director of Legislative Affairs for the White House, speaks during a daily meeting at the White House in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on July 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. Huckabee Sanders held a daily briefing to answer questions from members of the White House press corps. (Photo by Alex Wong / Getty Images)

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Two people linked to Vice President Mike Pence have tested positive for Covid-19.

Pence's office said in a statement on Saturday evening that his chief of staff, Marc Short, had "started the quarantine" after knowing the diagnosis and that a contact tracing measure was cooperating.

"Vice President Pence and Ms. Pence both tested negative for COVID-19 today and remain in good health," Vice President Spokesperson Devin O & # 39; Malley said in the statement.

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"While Vice President Pence is viewed as being in close contact with Mr. Short, the Vice President, in consultation with the Medical Department of the White House, will keep to his schedule under CDC guidelines for essential personnel," he said.

In addition, a source familiar with the matter told NBC News that Pence's senior political advisor Marty Obst also tested positive.

Obst attended the Salt Lake City debate with pence on October 7th and posed maskless with him and others after the event.

Fruit is not a government employee. Pence's office has not yet responded to requests for comment.

The vice president wore a mask on Saturday as he traveled with Air Force Two for his campaign rallies in Lakeland and Tallahassee, Florida, and removed it for his remarks.

Pence has only worn face covering occasionally for the past few weeks, including Friday while voting indoors early.

In early October, President Donald Trump announced he had the virus and, after receiving treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center, said he made a full recovery days later


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