More than 130 Secret Service officers are reportedly quarantining or isolating following President Trump’s final blitz of campaign events.
The Washington Post reported on Friday that about 10% of the agency’s core security team was either infected with COVID-19 or exposed to the coronavirus, according to three people familiar with agency staffing. These officers are distinct from Secret Service agents. Officers in the service are in uniform as opposed to agents who are in plainclothes.
Some who spoke to the newspaper said they believed that the exposures were due to the president’s various campaign events before the Nov. 3 election. In the days leading up to Election Day, the president visited numerous cities in battleground states, holding rallies with hundreds of people, many who chose not to wear a mask.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines isolation as separating “sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick” and isolating as “separat[ing]