A new coronavirus outbreak at the White House involving Vice President Mike Pence's staff comes as the United States reported a near-record number of new cases on Saturday (October 24).
The United States reported 79,852 new infections on Saturday, closeclose to the previous day's record of 84,244 new cases. Hospitalizations are also rising and have hit a two-month high and deaths are also trending upwards, according to a Reuters tally.
Late on Saturday a spokesman for Pence said Marc Short, Pence's chief of staff, had tested positive for the new coronavirus. Pence and his wife tested negative earlier in the day and the vice president will not alter his schedule as he campaigns ahead of the Nov. 3 election, the spokesman said.
Speaking to reporters in Detroit on Sunday (October 25), Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris said Pence should adhere to CDC guidelines to avoid contracting and possibly spreading the virus.
"I think what we have modeled the right and good behavior, and they should take our lead, you know," Harris said.
Earlier in the month, two members of Harris' staff also tested positive for coronavirus.