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VP Mike Pence Won't Self-Isolate After His Press Secretary Tested Positive For Coronavirus

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By Clark Sparky

Just days after his press secretary tested positive for the coronavirus, Vice President Mike Pence will be returning to the White House instead of self-isolating.

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Pence spokesperson Devin O'Malley said the vice president "will continue to follow the advice of the White House Medical Unit and is not in quarantine. Additionally, Vice President Pence has tested negative every single day and plans to be at the White House tomorrow.

As CNN points out, the Trump administration is concerned about the optics of the White House taking more protective measures against the virus while at the same time urging states to reopen:

The announcement comes as the White House continues to urge governors to begin reopening their states even as the virus has edged closer to the West Wing with news that top members of the coronavirus task force will self-quarantine, in some form, after coming in contact with an individual who tested positive for the virus.

An official said there is extreme sensitivity inside the White House at the current state of affairs with officials recognizing the contradiction in telling states to reopen while the White House enhances protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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Katie Miller is the press secretary who tested positive, which Trump addressed in a press conference on Friday.

"She's a wonderful young woman, Katie, she tested very good for a long period of time and then all of a sudden today she tested positive," he said. Her husband is top Trump advisor Stephen Miller.

To date, over 80,000 people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19.

The CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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