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White House communications director tests positive for COVID

Oriana Gonzalez

White House communications director Kate Bedingfield announced that she tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday.

What she’s saying: “I last saw the President Wednesday in a socially-distanced meeting while wearing an N-95 mask, and he is not considered a close contact as defined by the CDC,” Bedingfield said in a tweet.

State of play: Bedingfield said she’s experiencing “mild symptoms” and will be working from home. She plans to return to work in person “at the conclusion of a five-day isolation period and a negative test.”

The big picture: She is the latest White House official to contract the virus, following Vice President Harris, who tested positive earlier this week.

Between the lines: Biden and first lady Jill Biden are expected to attend the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on Saturday, where journalists, government officials and other guests are expected to attend.

  • Anthony Fauci is not attending the dinner due to concerns around the spread of the virus, per NBC News.


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