White House staffers were urged in an email Sunday to “please stay home” and “do not come to work” if they have exhibited any symptoms of the coronavirus.
An all-staff email obtained by New York Magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi directed members of the White House staff to “immediately contact your primary care provider” and “inform their supervisors” in the event of symptoms being presented.
Three days after the public learned about President TrumpDonald John TrumpQuestions remain unanswered as White House casts upbeat outlook on Trump’s COVID-19 fight White House staffers get email saying to stay home if they experience coronavirus symptoms White House says ‘appropriate precautions’ were taken for Trump’s outing to see supporters MORE’s COVID-19 infection and the viruses spread through the White House and federal government, WH staff finally received an email telling them what to do if they have symptoms. @NYMag obtained the note, sent by WH Management: pic.twitter.com/GvOBe3Cm5J
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) October 5, 2020
“If you or your colleagues believe that you should be practicing telework, or have questions about your ability to do so, please contact your supervisor,” the email reads.
The guidance for White House employees came almost three days after the president announced his own diagnosis of COVID-19, along with his wife’s, shortly after the confirmation that Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksWhite House staffers get email saying to stay home if they experience coronavirus symptoms Trump sought to keep COVID-19 diagnosis secret Thursday as he awaited second test result: WSJ What we know and don’t know about the president’s health MORE, his longtime aide, had tested positive.
It also comes amid a whirlwind of criticism centered around the White House and allies of the president surrounding the president’s longstanding resistance against publicly taking measures to prevent the spread of the virus; Trump has frequently made public appearances at rallies and various events without a mask and in apparent violation of various local guidelines enforcing social distancing.
The president’s allies attempted to defend his past behavior on Sunday as well as his decision to leave Walter Reed Medical Center for a drive-by past supporters gathered outside, even as the White House has faced searing criticism over misleading comments about Trump’s health and continued personal fight against COVID-19.
“Now more than ever, the American public deserves independent coverage of the president so they can be reliably informed about his health,” said the president of the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) on Sunday.