Both Eugene and Trish Scalia attended the Rose Garden event where President Donald Trump announced that Judge Amy Coney Barrett was his choice to replace Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. They were seated in the second row, directly behind first lady Melania Trump and next to former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, who would later test positive at Covid-19.
“This afternoon, doctors confirmed that the wife of US Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia, Trish, tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus. Ms. Scalia has mild symptoms but is fine,” the statement said.
“This evening, Secretary Scalia received a test and the results were negative; she had no symptoms. The Secretary and Ms. Scalia will follow the advice of health professionals for Trish̵
7;s recovery and the health of those around them. moment, the Secretary will work from home while continuing to carry out the Department’s mission and the President’s agenda. “
It is unclear whether Trish Scalia contracted the coronavirus at the Rose Garden event. Her positive test comes more than two weeks after the event, but it is unknown when she was last tested. The virus incubation period can last up to 14 days.
At least 12 people – including Trump, the first lady and Conway – tested positive for Covid-19 after attending the September 26 event. Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina – who sat three seats apart in the second row during the outdoor ceremony, separated from other senators – both subsequently tested positive, as did former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The president of the University of Notre Dame, where Barrett teaches, was also diagnosed with coronavirus after he sat three seats away from Conway and right behind the candidate’s young children at the event.
While part of the day’s events took place at the Rose Garden, there were also smaller private gatherings within the White House that did not include mask wearing or social distancing that public health experts recommended. be essential to stop the spread of the virus.
Last week, Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, called the Rose Garden ceremony a “superspreader” event. Noting that many people at the event weren’t walking away or wearing masks, “the data speaks for itself,” he said.
This story has been updated with more information.