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White House coronavirus cluster: 17 cases tied to Donald Trump administration, White House events

At least 17 people who are either close contacts of President Trump or have recently attended White House events have tested positive for the coronavirus as health officials continue to trace the cluster at the center of the administration.

Another 11 virus cases have been tied to last week’s presidential debate in Cleveland.

Trump on Sunday continued to be treated for the coronavirus at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and could be discharged by Monday, his doctor said.

The president and first lady Melania Trump were reportedly diagnosed late Thursday night, hours after it was revealed that Hope Hicks — counselor to the president — had tested positive.

Of the other 15 people in the White House cluster, many attended last weekend’s ceremony to announce the Supreme Court justice nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.

Those include Kellyanne Conway, former counselor to the president, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who went to the hospital after falling ill.

“In consultation with my doctors, I checked myself into Morristown Medical Center this afternoon,” Christie tweeted on Saturday. “While I am feeling good and only have mild symptoms, due to my history of asthma we decided this is an important precautionary measure.”

Others who attended the Rose Garden Supreme Court nomination ceremony who tested positive include Republican Sens. Mike Lee and Thom Tillis, and Notre Dame President John Jenkins.

Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien and the president’s “body man” personal attendant Nick Luna have also contracted the virus.

Three journalists who cover the White House tested positive, including a reporter for the New York Times, Michael Shear.

Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden debated on Tuesday at the Cleveland Clinic. The city of Cleveland has reported 11 positive cases that stem from predebate planning and set-up.

“As the cases involve people in and out of state some of whom may be continuing to travel, the City of Cleveland is working with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Cleveland Clinic,” the city of Cleveland said in a statement. “As part of CDPH’s process regarding COVID-19, any individuals who tested positive as part of the debate were contacted, interviewed when possible, issued isolation orders and provided guidance regarding their isolation period.”

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