President Trump on Friday announced on Twitter that he and the first lady have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The stunning announcement came hours after the president said he and Mrs. Trump had begun “a quarantine process” after White House advisor Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus.
Hicks, who serves as counselor to the president, is one of the president’s closest advisors.
“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!“
White House physician Sean Conley said in a memo dated Oct. 1 that he had received confirmation “this evening” that Trump and his wife Melania Trump had tested positive for the virus.
Conley said Trump will continue “carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering” from the virus.
“The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence,” he said.
“The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country’s greatest medical professionals and institutions,” he said.
Although COVID-19 has claimed more than 207,000 lives, many people who become infected by the virus show only mild symptoms, or none whatsoever. It wasn’t immediately clear how the president might fare, but his age, 74, makes him more vulnerable to the disease.