Mike Pence adviser Marty Obst tests positive for COVID-19 as the latest case in White House orbit

  • Marty Obst, a top advisor to Vice President Mike Pence, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, sources told Bloomberg News.
  • Three people familiar with the matter told the outlet Obst tested positive last week and that he has not been in close contact with the vice president.
  • Obst is just the latest person in the White House orbit to become infected with the coronavirus. Dozens of lawmakers, White House staff, and campaign officials tested positive earlier this month, including President Donald Trump.
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Marty Obst, a top advisor to Vice President Mike Pence, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, sources reportedly told Bloomberg News.

Serving as a senior political advisor to the vice president, Obst is often in close contact with Pence.

Sources reportedly told Bloomberg that Obst received his diagnosis on Wednesday and was near Pence "about a week ago," but that they were not in close contact.

Obst is just the latest person in the White House orbit to become infected with the coronavirus. Dozens of lawmakers, White House staff, and campaign officials tested positive earlier this month, including President Donald Trump, his wife, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, and Republican National Convention Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, among others.

Pence's press secretary Katie Miller previously tested positive for the coronavirus in May, but has since recovered. 

Pence is currently on the campaign trail ahead of the November 3 presidential election. Hours before Obst's positive test result was reported, the vice president made appearances in Lakeland and Tallahassee, Florida on Saturday, but stayed away from others at the events, according to Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Jacobs. 

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