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VP Pence aides test positive for COVID-19

Lester Graham
Michigan Radio

At least two top aides to Vice President Mike Pence have tested positive for COVID-19. This comes just days after the Vice President spoke to a Michigan crowd in Waterford Township, touting the Trump administration’s work to end the pandemic.

“President Trump’s actions suspending all travel from China saved untold American lives and bought us invaluable time to stand up the largest national mobilization since World War II,” Pence said.

He said the Trump administration reinvented testing and sent medical supplies to health care workers all across the nation.

“We developed new therapeutics that are literally saving lives as we speak. And before the end of this year, we're going to have tens of millions of doses of a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine for the American people,” he added.

Pence also reminded the crowd that he’d spent the last eight months as the chair of the White House’s coronavirus task force.

After the speech, without a mask, Pence left the stage and greeted supporters. Pence tested negative Sunday.

An official at the Oakland County Health Department says, so far, no new COVID-19 cases have been tied to the event

Despite being in contact with staff now infected, Pence is not quarantining.

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Lester Graham reports for The Environment Report. He has reported on public policy, politics, and issues regarding race and gender inequity. He was previously with The Environment Report at Michigan Public from 1998-2010.
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