Vice President Mike Pence and his wife have both tested negative for COVID-19, his office announced on Saturday.
“Pleased to report that the COVID-19 test results came back negative for both Vice President @Mike_Pence and Second Lady @KarenPence,” Katie Miller, the vice president’s press secretary, said in a tweet.
Earlier on Saturday, Pence announced that he and his wife would be tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus, following confirmation that an aide on his staff was diagnosed with the respiratory disease last week.
In describing his test, VP Pence said it was a little uncomfortable also admitting that the government was working with newer and faster testing methods owing to availability of the technology to do this.
“The test was quick, but it goes a fair amount to the sinuses and it is not comfortable,” Pence said at a White House press briefing. “That is probably a good opportunity to say again to any American looking on, if you do not have symptoms you do not need a test.”
Pence told reporters Saturday that his staffer who tested positive for coronavirus is “doing well,” had “mild” cold-like symptoms for a day-and-a-half, and has not been at the White House since Monday.