The Washington, D.C. Department of Health released a letter urging attendees at a recent Rose Garden event to get tested for COVID-19.
The event in question was held on Sept. 26 at the White House to announce that President Trump had nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Several attendees at the event, including Trump and first lady Melania Trump, tested positive for COVID-19 days later, although it is not clear if the event is where they contracted it.
The letter, which was signed by local health officials from nine nearby jurisdictions, advised that not only those at the Rose Garden event should get tested, but also said that anyone who has worked at the White House in the past two weeks should get a test.
The health officials wrote that their “preliminary understanding that there has been limited contact tracing performed to date, there may be other staff and residents at risk for exposure to