Retired neurosurgeon and United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson has tested positive for the new coronavirus his office has reported.
Coalter Baker, Carson’s chief of staff told ABC News that the retired neurosurgeon tested positive for the virus Monday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland after he developed symptoms.
“Secretary Carson has tested positive for the coronavirus. He is in good spirits and feels fortunate to have access to effective therapeutics which aid and markedly speed his recovery,” Baker said in a statement.
A report in The New York Times says Carson, 69, has a higher risk of experiencing complications from the virus as an older adult and cancer survivor. He did surgery for an aggressive form of prostate cancer in 2002.
Carson positive test comes in the wake of President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, positive test last week. At least five other White House aides and a Trump campaign adviser have also tested positive for the virus in the days before and after Election Day the publication reported.
Carson who is a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, reportedly attended an election night party where Meadows “and almost every other attendee was not wearing a mask” according to CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins.