Rep. Don Young (R-AK), a 24-term congressman who recently won re-election and is the oldest member of Congress at 87, announced Thursday that he tested positive for COVID-19.
I have tested positive for COVID-19. I am feeling strong, following proper protocols, working from home in Alaska, and ask for privacy at this time. May God Bless Alaska.
— Rep. Don Young (@repdonyoung) November 12, 2020
Young’s announcement also comes amid at least eight Republican National Committee staffers contracting COVID-19 as well, according to the Washington Post on Thursday.
RNC officials told the Post that the staffers were spread out between Washington and some of the RNC’s field offices in states like Pennsylvania.
Earlier Thursday, the RNC revealed that Richard Walters, the chief of staff for the party, tested positive for COVID.
According to the Post, RNC officials said the committee was contact tracing individual cases, but many staffers are still undergoing testing.
The RNC officials also told the Post that about a dozen White House officials have contracted the virus in the last 10 days.
It became more clear that the most recent COVID-19 outbreak among Trump’s inner circle had grown by Thursday with Trump campaign adviser Corey Lewandowski, who’s been the face of the President’s feeble election fraud lawsuits in states like Pennsylvania, testing positive for COVID-19.
Lewandowski’s COVID-19 diagnosis came on the heels of White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Trump campaign adviser David Bossie testing positive for the coronavirus as they wage legal battles amid Trump’s baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud.
Over the past several days, Trumpworld COVID-19 infections have also included Secretary of Urban Housing and Development Ben Carson and White House Political Director Brian Jack.
Lewandowski, Meadows, Bossie, Carson and Jack attended the White House’s party on election night.