Christie visits hospital after testing positive for Covid-19

Top line

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie visited hospital after testing positive for coronavirus on Friday, becoming the fifth person on President Trump’s debate preparation team to fall ill and at least the eighth guest when Justice Amy Coney Barrett was appointed to the Supreme Court to catch the virus.


Christie visited Morristown Medical Center on Saturday afternoon as a precaution because of his history of asthma, he mentionned in a tweet.

Christie said he was “feeling fine” and had only “mild symptoms”.

Christie was tested on Friday and announced her positive test on Saturday.

Christie Told MSNBC “no one wore masks” when preparing for the debate.

Members of debate preparation team were Trump, White House advisers Hope Hicks, Jason Miller and Stephen Miller, former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, campaign manager Bill Stepien, Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Christie, according to Dana Bash from CNN.

Key context

At least eight people who assisted the Rose Garden event celebrating Barrett’s appointment tested positive: Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, University of Notre Dame President, Reverend John I. Jenkins, an anonymous journalist who works in the White House, Sen. Thom Tillis (RN.C.), Conway, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Christie. Tillis and Lee, both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, met Barrett this week. At least fifteen people in and around the White House have tested positive.

What we don’t know

After Trump’s announcement early Friday morning, a number of family members and government officials disclosed negative test results, however, that doesn’t mean they’re clear – Dr Matt Binnicker, director of the clinical virology at the Mayo Clinic, said it recommends people wait five to seven days between exposure and testing because this waiting period “increases the likelihood that the test will be positive if they have actually been infected. “.

Further reading

Trump, first lady tested positive for Covid-19 (Forbes)

The White House learned of Hope Hicks’ diagnosis on Thursday, but moved forward with Trump fundraising (Forbes)

Pence tested negative for Covid-19; Here’s why he should stay in quarantine (Forbes)

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