Update (3:40pm, 10/2)
President Donald Trump on Friday afternoon announced that he was going to Walter Reed Hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus hours prior.
“I think I’m doing very well, but we’re going to make sure that things work out,” he said in a video posted to his social media accounts.
Original story (10:30pm, 10/1)
President Donald Trump late Thursday night tweeted that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for Covid-19.
“Tonight, [Melania] and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” the President tweeted.
In a memorandum Trump’s physician, Sean P. Conley, said that the President was doing “well” and that he and the first lady would remain at “the White House during their convalescence.”
“Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments,” he wrote in the statement.
Trump’s tweet came hours after he confirmed that Hope Hicks, one of his top aides, had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Hicks, according to the Associated Press, had traveled with Trump several times this week.
The news comes just weeks before the Nov. 3 election in which Trump will face off against former Vice President Joe Biden.
Roughly 7.3 million people in the United States have tested positive for Covid-19 and more than 208,000 have died.