Corey Lewandowski, an adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign, has tested positive for the coronavirus, he confirmed on Thursday. Lewandowski said he is feeling fine and will stay home as a precaution.
He joins a growing list of individuals close to the President to have tested positive for the virus this week after attending campaign events in the lead-up to and days after the election.
David Bossie, one of the President’s political advisers, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and White House political affairs director Brian Jack all tested positive for the coronavirus this week.
Lewandowski shared a photo aboard Air Force One on November 2, alongside Bossie and others, before a Trump campaign rally in Wisconsin.
Following Election Day, he traveled to Pennsylvania on behalf of the campaign, appearing in news conferences on election challenges. He also attended an election night party at the White House, where he was spotted wearing a mask during the event. Trump White House
Lewandowski downplayed the possibility of having contracted the virus at the election night party, telling he may have caught it when he was in Philadelphia.
But several of the individuals in Trump’s orbit who have disclosed they have Covid-19 this week attended the election night party. And White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and four others around the White House and the Trump campaign also tested positive last week.
The Trump White House has largely ignored federal public health guidelines, which recommend social distancing, mask wearing and avoiding public gatherings.
Instead, the White House has hosted large official indoor and outdoor events, generally disregarding social distancing and sometimes bringing in diplomats and supporters traveling from around the world.
According to data from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, there have been more than 10.4 million coronavirus cases in the US, and more than 242,000 people in the country have died as a result of the virus.
The virus appears to be having a fall resurgence, with newly reported cases reaching a record high in the US on Wednesday. Guests stood shoulder-to-shoulder inside the East Room of the White House for the election night event. Most guests, including Meadows, were seen maskless.
The White House had planned for some 400 attendees to come to the election night party, but that list shrank to about 250. All guests were to expected to receive a rapid test for Covid-19 and a testing bracelet, a source familiar ahead of the party.
The election night party came about a month after the President’s own coronavirus diagnosis. The President spent three nights in the hospital recovering from the virus and was administered oxygen on multiple occasions.
He credited his recovery to experimental antibody treatments not widely available. Eager to return to the campaign trail, Trump began holding back-to-back rallies in the days and weeks after his recovery.
But on the trail, his campaign team generally disregarded requiring masks and social distancing among attendees. Trump’s diagnosis came days after another event at the White House where public health precautions seemed to be disregarded.
At least a dozen people tested positive for coronavirus after they attended the White House’s outdoor ceremony announcing Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Attendees sat shoulder-to-shoulder and a majority of audience members disregarded mask use.