Close aide to Vice-President Mike Pence tests positive to COVID-19

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Washington: A spokesman says Vice-President Mike Pence will continue with his aggressive campaign schedule after his chief of staff, Marc Short, tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday.

Pence spokesman Devin O’Malley says Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, both tested negative for the virus on Saturday and remain in good health.

US Vice-President Mike Pence at a campaign rally in Florida on Saturday. Credit:AP

Short is Pence’s closest aide and the vice president is considered a “close contact” under Centres for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. O’Malley says that “in consultation with the White House Medical Unit, the Vice-President will maintain his schedule in accordance with the CDC guidelines for essential personnel.”

Marc Short, chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, has tested positive for coronavirus.Credit:AP

Those guidelines mandate that essential workers exposed to someone with the coronavirus closely monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and wear a mask whenever around other people.

After a day of campaigning Saturday, Pence was seen wearing a mask as he returned to Washington aboard Air Force Two once the news of Short’s diagnosis was made public.

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