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Many Secret Service officers affected by COVID-19

Hundreds of Secret Service officers charged with protecting the White House and the president have been ordered to self-quarantine because they either tested positive for COVID-19 or had close contact with an infected coworker, the Washington Post reports.

According the report, roughly 10 percent—approximately 300 workers—of the agency’s core security team has been affected by the virus since March.

Agency officials did not comment on the exact number of positive cases among the ranks but among those who were infected are White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, outside political advisers Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, and at least eight staffers at the Republican National Committee, including Chief of Staff Richard Walters, according to officials at the organization, the report notes, adding that the virus is having a dramatic impact on the Secret Service’s presidential security unit. 

Reader comments

Fri, Nov 20, 2020

A complete save smudging ceremony is clearly needed!

Wed, Nov 18, 2020

Cleaning the White House is going to be quite a job. Even if the virus had not struck just getting the Trump funk out of there would have been bad enough. Some might suggest burning it down and build back better.

Mon, Nov 16, 2020 SAM USA

All cases of the corona virus among our Secret Service workers should automatically be considered as On-the-Job injuries. They are essential workers and their lives and their incomes are essential also to their own families, thus they should all automatically be compensated.....

Mon, Nov 16, 2020 Sergio CA

I hope and pray, these Secret Service Agents get better. They do a fantastic job in protecting people. To bad the person they are protecting now doesn't care about their wellbeing. All he cares about is playing golf, spreading false rumors and disease. The whole White House will need to be disinfected when the whole Trump family leaves this January 2021.

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