Wife of Trump’s labor secretary, who was at Barrett Rose Garden event, tests positive for Covid
October 14, 2020
Trish Scalia, the wife of President Donald Trump’s Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, tested positive for Covid-19, the department said in a statement Tuesday night.
The agency said doctors performed the test this afternoon. She has “mild symptoms but doing well,” the statement said.
Secretary Scalia, the son of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, tested negative on Friday night, according to the department. He has experienced no symptoms.
“The Secretary and Mrs. Scalia will follow the advice of health professionals for Trish’s recovery and the health of those around them. For the time being, the Secretary will work from home while continuing to carry out the mission of the Department and the President’s agenda,” the agency said in the statement.
The secretary and his wife attended the Rose Garden ceremony earlier this month where Trump officially nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the seat of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Barrett’s confirmation hearing began this week.
Scalia sat behind first lady Melania Trump and next to former senior advisor Kellyanne Conway, both of whom have contracted the virus.
Trish Scalia is the latest high-profile person — which includes White House staffers, members of Congress, and the Trump campaign — who has tested positive for the virus. More than a dozen connected to the administration, Congress or Trump’s campaign were infected, including the first lady and the president, who has since recovered.
The Trump administration has been sharply criticized for its response to the response to the virus, and the ceremony at the White House has been called a “superspreader” event by public health experts. The disease, which has shuttered businesses nationwide and sent the economy into a tailspin, has claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people since the end of February. There have been nearly 8 million confirmed cases in the U.S.
Dartunorro Clark is a political reporter for NBC News.