More than 130 Secret Service agents who protect the White House, Trump and the first family have been ordered to isolate because they tested positive COVID or were in close contact with someone who has virus.
The Washington Post reports that the spread of the highly contagious disease has sidelined about 10% of the agency’s core team. The infection rate is believed to be linked to the numerous campaign rallies Trump held before the election –14 in the last three days of the campaign alone.
The agents are seeing a rise in infections after a recent outbreak at the White House in the wake of an election night event attended by hundreds of unmasked Trump supporters.
The Secret Service is looking at whether the infections are travel related or trace back to the White House, where many agents work.
White House staff, for the most part, do not wear face masks. People who come in close contact with President Trump are tested for COVID.
The Secret Service has about 1,300 officers in its Uniformed Division to guard the White House and the vice president’s residence. Many =travel for presidential events, like his superspreader campaign rallies.
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