than 130 Secret Service officers are quarantining after either contracting Covid-19 or being exposed to the virus, the Washington Post reported Friday, the latest coronavirus outbreak in President Donald Trump’s orbit that could be connected to the president’s robust campaign schedule and slate of White House events.
About 10% of the agency’s security team, which is tasked with protecting the president and the White House, is self-isolating or quarantining, the Post reported.
This outbreak may be linked to the flurry of large campaign rallies that Trump attended in the runup to Election Day, many of which featured thousands 0f maskless attendees crammed into tight outdoor venues, unnamed sources told the Post.
In August, the Secret Service also contended with 11 coronavirus cases among staff at its Maryland training center, the New York Timesreported.
Secret Service spokesperson Julia McMurray declined to say how many agents have tested positive or are self-isolating, citing privacy concerns, but she told Forbes the agency’s work has not been degraded by Covid-19.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.