ABC News reported on Wednesday that the novel coronavirus is spreading through President Donald Trump's inner circle again.
"At least 12 people in Pres. Trump's orbit have tested positive since White House chief of staff Mark Meadows tested positive one week ago," the publication tweeted.
The news followed a tweet noting that sources told the publication that political director Brian Jack and at least two other aides from the president's residence tested positive for the coronavirus.
Per The New York Times, the following individuals were revealed to have COVID-19 in recent days: Ben Carson, David Bossie, Marc Short, Jack, Meadows, and at least seven other individuals before and after Election Day.
According to the publication, it's unclear whether the recent outbreaks are connected. Nevertheless, the news outlet claimed that they are a reflection of Trump and his team's "lax approach to preventing infections at the nation's highest level of government."
Specifically, The New York Times highlighted that the Trump administration had shifted its focus to rapid testing while ignoring public health precautions such as social distancing and mask-wearing.
Tom Frieden, who served as the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the Obama administration, claimed that the lack of effective COVID-19 measures at the White House could mean the recent cases are a part of the same outbreak in late September that lead to the infection of Trump, his wife, Hope Hicks, Kellyanne Conway, and Bill Stepien — among others.
Meadows was silent on his coronavirus infection last week and confided his diagnosis to only a few close advisers, Bloomberg reported. The lack of communication allegedly frustrated some aides who came into contact with the chief of staff at large events around Election Day.
The 61-year-old politician's lack of communication conflicted with the Trump administration's protocol for COVID-19 contact tracing, per Bloomberg.
"The White House Medical Unit conducted contact tracing during the latest outbreak, according to people familiar with the matter. Throughout the pandemic, the unit's guidance for contract tracing has been to reach out to people who'd been in close proximity with the infected person for 15 minutes or more, within 48 hours of the diagnosis."The first spread in Trump's inner circle came following the Rose Garden ceremony held to announce the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
Per The Inquisitr, Trump was hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center following his coronavirus diagnosis and underwent various tests. He ultimately recovered from the virus after treatment with Regeneron and Remdesivir, CNN reported.