Ben Carson Tests Positive For COVID-19 After Attending WH Election Night Party

PALM BEACH, FL - MARCH 11:  Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson gives his endorsement to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a press conference at the Mar-A-Lago Club on March 11, 2016 in Palm Beach, Florida. Presidential candidates continue to campaign before Florida's March 15th primary day.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
HUD Secretary Ben Carson (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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November 9, 2020 12:08 p.m.
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Less than a week after attending the White House’s election party, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Ben Carson tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, TPM has confirmed.

A HUD spokesperson told TPM that the secretary had contracted the virus.

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

Carson had attended the White House’s election night party. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who tested positive for the virus last week, was also there.

Additionally, BuzzFeed News reported that the HUD secretary attended an indoor GOP fundraiser three weeks ago with dozens of attendees who were not wearing masks.

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