- President Trump's personal valet has tested positive for COVID-19
- CNN reports that the incident is raising concerns about the president's possible exposure to coronavirus
- The patient is one of the members of an elite military unit dedicated to the White House
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A report by CNN indicates that a member of the US Navy who serves as one of President Donald Trump's personal valets has tested positive for coronavirus.
Legit.ng gathered that the CNN learned on Thursday, May 7, the incident is raising concerns about Trump's possible exposure to the virus.
According to the report, the valets are members of an elite military unit dedicated to the White House and often work very close to the president and first family.
It was gathered that Trump was upset when he was informed Wednesday, May 6, that the valet had tested positive and he was subsequently tested again by the White House physician.
The statement says that the White House confirmed CNN's reporting that one of the president's valets had tested positive.
"We were recently notified by the White House Medical Unit that a member of the United States Military, who works on the White House campus, has tested positive for coronavirus. The President and the Vice President have since tested negative for the virus and they remain in great health," deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement.
CNN also noted that a White House source said the valet, a man who has not been identified, exhibited "symptoms" on Wednesday morning, and said the news that someone close to Trump had tested positive for coronavirus was "hitting the fan" in the West Wing.
The TV station reported that Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and the senior staffers who regularly interact with them are still being tested weekly for coronavirus.
The White House is continuing to use the rapid Abbott Labs test, which provides results in about 15 minutes.
Several officials who have received the test said it's often administered in the Eisenhower executive office building, next door to the West Wing on the White House grounds.
A medical official swabs the staffer's nostrils and informs them that they'll be notified within the next several minutes if it's positive.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Nigeria's minister of works, power and housing, Babatunde Fashola, said that he spent 49 days without a handshake to avoid contracting COVID-19.
It was reported that in a post on his social media page on Tuesday, May 5, the former governor of Lagos state said this was in compliance with the social distancing directive alongside other measures introduced to combat the spread of the novel disease.
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