11 Secret Service Members Have Coronavirus, 23 Have Recovered, 60 Self-Quarantining: Report

David Caplan
May 08, 2020 - 7:06 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Eleven U.S. Secret Service members currently have coronavirus, 23 have recovered from it, and an additional 60 employees are currently self-quarantining, Yahoo News reported Friday night, citing its review of Department of Homeland Security documents. 

This revelation comes the same day that Katie Miller, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence and husband of President Trump senior adviser Stephen Miller, tested positive for the potentially-deadly disease. And it comes a day after it was reported that Trump's valet had also tested positive for coronavirus.

The document does not provide any details about the individuals, including their identities or when they last were on detail with Trump or Pence.

The Secret Service in March confirmed that one employee had tested positive. 

According to Yahoo News, the Department of Homeland Security referred requests for comment to the Secret Service, which would not comment on the number of cases.

"To protect the privacy of our employee’s health information and for operational security, the Secret Service is not releasing how many of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19, nor how many of its employees were, or currently are, quarantined," Secret Service spokeswoman Justine Whelan said, adding that it is following CDC guidelines.

"Since the beginning of this pandemic, the Secret Service has been working with all of our public safety partners and the White House Medical Unit to ensure the safety and security of both our protected persons and our employees," Whelan said. "The Secret Service continues to follow guidance issued by the CDC to ensure the health and welfare of our employees and those they come in contact with.”

The Secret Service not only protects the president and vice president, but presidential candidates, former presidents and visiting leaders.

So is Trump or Pence in danger of contracting the disease?

"Those in close proximity to the president and vice president are being tested for COVID-19," White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said last week. "Temperature checks are occurring for all those entering the complex as well as an additional temperature check for those in close proximity to the president and vice president."

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