Coronavirus: Dr Anthony Fauci, two other key officials in self-quarantine after exposure
The other two key officials in quarantine are Dr Robert Redfield -- director of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention -- and the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Stephen Hahn.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the White House's coronavirus task force, and two other members guiding the virus response in the US have placed themselves in quarantine after contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
Apart from Fauci, 79, the other two in quarantine are Dr Robert Redfield -- director of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention -- and the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Stephen Hahn.
Fauci’s institute said that he has tested negative for COVID-19 and will continue to be tested regularly. It added that he is considered at “relatively low risk” based on the degree of his exposure, and that he would be “taking appropriate precautions” to mitigate the risk to personal contacts while still carrying out his duties.
While he will stay at home and telework, Fauci will go to the White House if called and take every precaution, the institute said.
Fauci is expected to testify at a Senate hearing about the coronavirus next week. Redfield and Hahn will now testify by video conference, the committee's chairman, Sen. Lamar Alexander, said on Saturday.
Fauci, though, is expected to attend while wearing a mask, a source in Alexander's office told CNN. If circumstances change and Fauci needs to testify remotely, the committee will accommodate that due to the unusual circumstances.
Redfield, 68, "will be teleworking for the next two weeks" after a "low-risk exposure" on Wednesday to a person at the White House who has the disease, the Washington Post reported on Saturday, citing a spokesman.
US FDA commissioner Hahn who is 60, is in self-quarantine for a couple of weeks after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
Earlier, Politico had reported that Hahn had come into contact with Katie Miller -- US Vice President Mike Pence's Press Secretary.
Miller -- the wife of one of President Donald Trump's senior advisers -- tested positive on Friday, raising alarm about the virus' potential spread within the White House's innermost circle.
The diagnosis of Miller, who is married to White House immigration adviser and speech writer Stephen Miller, was revealed by Trump in a meeting with Republican lawmakers on Friday. A valet for Vice President Mike Pence has also tested positive.
Meanwhile, the White House sent out an email to all staff on Friday titled, "Strong Precautions We Are Taking," about the measures it is taking to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the wake of Miller's positive test, an official said.