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Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, has tested positive for coronavirus

  • October 25, 2020

WASHINGTON – Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, tested positive for COVID-19 Saturday, Pence’s spokesman said in a statement Saturday night after reports that another senior adviser had also tested positive. 

Short began quarantining Saturday and assisting in the contact tracing process, according to Pence spokesman Devin O’Malley. 

Both Pence and his wife, Karen, tested negative Saturday and Pence is not curtailing his movements despite having been in close contact with Short.

“While Vice President Pence is considered a close contact with Mr. Short, in consultation with the White House Medical Unit, the Vice President will maintain his schedule in accordance with the CDC guidelines for essential personnel,” O’Malley said in the statement.

Pence is head of the White House’s coronavirus task force.

Pence was in the middle of his second campaign rally in Florida Saturday when Bloomberg reported that Marty Obst, his senior political adviser, had tested positive.

Bloomberg said it wasn’t immediately clear whether Obst had developed symptoms of COVID-19.

CNN reported that Obst tested positive earlier this week.

Obst did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Vice-president Mike Pence addresses supporters at a campaign rally Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Tallahassee, Fla.

Both Obst and Short often travel with Pence.

Short, but not Obst, traveled with Pence to Indiana Thursday and interacted with the supporters who came out for Pence’s rally in Fort Wayne.

Short did not travel with Pence to Florida on Saturday. Aides who had been in close contact with Short were pulled from the trip before departure. 

The New York Times reported that at least one additional Pence aide has also tested positive.

Katie Miller, Pence’s communications director, contracted the virus in May.

Pence has had a heavy traveling schedule, making at least one campaign stop most days this month. 

“When Joe Biden is talking about shutting down our economy, we are opening up America again,” Pence said in Lakeland, Florida, before his second rally in Tallahassee.

He’s traveling to Kinston, North Carolina, on Sunday.

Karen Pence, is headlining an event in New Hill, North Carolina, Monday. On Tuesday, the vice president is scheduled to travel to Greensboro, North Carolina, and Greenville, South Carolina.

Kyle Hupfer, the chairman of the Indiana Republican party, talks with Marty Obst and Marc Lotter, two Hoosiers who have worked closely with Pence during the campaign and in the White house.

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