Pence's Chief of Staff tests positive for COVID-19, VP remains healthy, spokesman says

# 25 October 2020 09:20 (UTC +04:00)

US Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short has tested positive for the coronavirus, Pence’s spokesman Devin O’Malley said shortly after it was reported that the vice president’s political aide Marty Obst had tested positive, APA reports citing ABC News.

O’Malley on Saturday said that "in consultation with the White House Medical Unit, the vice president will maintain his schedule in accordance with the CDC [Centres for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines for essential personnel”.

O’Malley said that both Pence and his wife Karen tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday, while Marc Short and Marty Obst tested positive, according to ABC News. Since Short is a "close contact”, Pence is now required, under CDC guidelines, to wear a facemask around people and to be closely monitored for any coronavirus symptoms.

Marty Obst tested positive for the coronavirus last week, multiple sources familiar with the matter told ABC News on Saturday.

According to ABC, Obst is an outside adviser and not a government employee. He was last seen at a fundraiser event attended by both Pence and US President Donald Trump on 15 October.