U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson tested positive for coronavirus on Monday morning at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington.  He decided to be tested after he began experiencing symptoms of the disease.

HUD’s Chief of Staff Andrew Hughes said in the memo sent to the agency’s staff that Carson was “resting at his house and is already beginning to feel better.”   “Anyone who had contact with Carson within the past week will be notified and all precautions are being taken,” Hughes wrote.

“He is in good spirits and feels fortunate to have access to effective therapeutics which aid and markedly speed his recovery,” the agency’s deputy chief of staff, Coalter Baker, said in a statement.

Baker said that Carson attended an election night party on Tuesday at the White House. President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, tested positive for coronavirus the day after he attended the same party.  In addition to Carson and Meadows, at least five other White House officials have tested positive in recent days, as well as a senior Trump campaign adviser.

Carson was a world-renowned neurosurgeon before he entered politics and he was named a member of the White House’s coronavirus task force. His age, 69, makes him more vulnerable to serious illness from the virus.

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