Pence keeps travel plans despite aides being infected

Vice president's chief of staff and other key aides have tested positive for COVID-19. Pence and his wife tested negative and will not quarantine.

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October 26, 2020 - 9:18 AM

Vice President Mike Pence speaks to supporters during a Make America Great Again rally at Fort Wayne Aero Center in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence plans to maintain an aggressive campaign schedule this week despite an apparent outbreak of the coronavirus among his senior aides, the White House says.

Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, and “a couple of key staff surrounding the vice president” have tested positive for the virus, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Sunday. 

The vice president, who along with his wife, Karen, tested negative on Sunday, according to his office, is considered a “close contact” of the aides under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria but will not quarantine, his spokesman said. 

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