Top Pence aide tests positive for coronavirus, vice president to go forward with Kinston trip, officials say

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WASHINGTON (AP/WNCN) — A spokesman says Vice President Mike Pence will continue with his aggressive campaign schedule after his chief of staff, Marc Short, tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday.

Pence spokesman Devin O’Malley says Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, both tested negative for the virus on Saturday and remain in good health.

Pence is scheduled to campaign in Kinston on Sunday afternoon.

Short is Pence’s closest aide and the vice president is considered a “close contact” under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. O’Malley says that “in consultation with the White House Medical Unit, the Vice President will maintain his schedule in accordance with the CDC guidelines for essential personnel.”

Those guidelines mandate that essential workers exposed to someone with the coronavirus closely monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and wear a mask whenever around other people.

Pence will make a stop in Kinston this weekend for a campaign rally.

The rally will be held at the Kinston Jet Center, 2860 Jetport Road on Sunday, beginning at 6 p.m.

Doors will open at 4 p.m. and doors are expected to close at 5:30 p.m.

After a day of campaigning Saturday, Pence was seen wearing a mask as he returned to Washington aboard Air Force Two once the news of Short’s diagnosis was made public.

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