Health Editor’s Note: Finally, White House Staffers are required to wear face masks, five weeks after the CDC recommended face masks be worn. Trump still tries to paint a picture of an improvement in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, but employees at the White House have tested positive. Now the order to don face masks in the west wing. How many of you have been tested for COVID-19? It seems as though the White House is getting preferential treatment. We need testing for everyone in the U.S. How many times has Trump been tested? Pence? Healthcare workers, who are face to face with COVID-19 patients, do not get tested…..Carol
White House to require staffers to wear masks in West Wing
By Shannon Pettypiece, Geoff Bennett and Monica Alba/NBC News
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump painted an improving picture of the coronavirus pandemic Monday even as the threat of the virus hit home inside the White House, which increased precautions again in the wake of positive employee tests the previous week.
The White House on Monday began requiring that all staffers entering the West Wing wear a facial covering, and asked aides to avoid going there “unless you absolutely need to conduct in-person business in the West Wing,” according to a memo sent to staffers.
The memo says staffers do not need to wear a mask at their desk if they can socially distance.
The decision comes days after a top aide to Vice President Mike Pence tested positive for the coronavirus. Trump has repeatedly declined to wear a face-covering in public settings.
Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been that any employee who comes into contact with a person who tests positive should wear a mask in the workplace for 14 days.
White House staffers returned in Monday morning to a thoroughly cleaned West Wing and new protocols around testing and masks after the president’s personal valet and Pence’s spokesperson both tested positive…..read more: