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White House complex cafeteria worker tests positive for covid-19

White House complex cafeteria worker tests positive for covid-19”

The White House did not return a request for comment from The Hill.

Two cafeterias used by White House staff were closed and contact tracing was conducted after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus, a Trump administration official said on Wednesday night.

Some White House staff members preferred Ike's Eatery to the facility inside the White House, CNN reported.

Both eateries are expected to be closed for two weeks.

"All proper protocols were in place by the vendor, including masks, gloves, plastic shielding at check out, and no dine-in service", a GSA spokesperson told NBC News, which first reported the news.

Unlike the White House Mess, which is located inside the West Wing and run by the U.S. Navy, the cafeteria and an Ike's Eatery in the neighboring EEOB are run by a government contractor. It houses the offices of much of the senior White House staff, including officials from the coronavirus task force, the vice president's office, the National Security Council and several economic policy shops.

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But Trump contradicted that claim hours later, saying he doesn't know of a time when more than one coronavirus test was done in a day.

It was not immediately clear whether the employee who tested positive for the virus was a cafeteria worker, and the White House did not specify what symptoms of the virus the employee had displayed, The Times said.

Trump, who has tested negative for the infection, has resumed daily briefings about the virus, in light of an increasingly worrying picture nationwide.

"We're asking everybody that when you are not able to socially distance, wear a mask", Trump said.

Recently, the White House ended temperature checks for those entering the grounds, but those coming near the president still receive rapid tests for covid-19, according to NBC.



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