President Donald Trump’s physician announced Saturday, March 14, that the commander-in-chief has tested negative for the coronavirus.
“Last night after an in-depth discussion with the President regrading COVID-19 testing, he elected to proceed,” Dr. Sean Conley said in a release. “This evening I received confirmation that the test is negative.”
“One week after having dinner with the Brazilian delegation in Mar-a-Lago, the President remains symptom-free,” he added. “I have been in daily contact with the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and White House Coronavirus Task Force, and we are encouraging the implementation of all their best practices for exposure reduction and transmission mitigation.”
From the White House: Trump coronavirus test negative. pic.twitter.com/meUi4ptUlr
— Byron York (@ByronYork) March 14, 2020
The president said at a Saturday morning press conference that he took a coronavirus test after having come in contact with several individuals who had self-quarantined or tested positive for the virus.
The White House has in recent days started implementing stricter measures in an effort to keep high-level officials healthy. On Saturday, it started taking the temperature of those interacting with the president and vice president, including reporters working in the briefing room.
There are more than 2,800 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States as of Saturday, and 58 people have died from the virus with most of the deaths in Washington state, according to the CNN.
President Trump on Friday declared a national emergency over the coronavirus outbreak. One day later, he announced that his administration will extend its European travel ban to include the U.K. and Ireland as part of continuing effort to stem the spread of the virus.
The president designated that Sunday, March 15, as a National Day of Prayer as Americans combat the rapidly spreading virus. However, this time, he recommended a live stream.
“Tomorrow I have called for a National Day of Prayer. I will be tuning in to Pastor @Jentezen at the @FreeChapel Church in Gainesville, Georgia, at 11:00 AM EDT. God Bless the USA!” he tweeted.
Tomorrow I have called for a National Day of Prayer. I will be tuning in to Pastor @Jentezen at the @FreeChapel Church in Gainesville, Georgia at 11:00 AM EDT. God Bless the USA! https://t.co/mWYWOGJ1ye https://t.co/EWcHzEjFLH
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 14, 2020