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Mike Pence is not going to be quarantined after 5 aides check constructive for coronavirus

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence stands with his wife Karen after casting his ballot for the upcoming election at a polling station in Indianapolis, Indiana, the United States, on October 23, 2020.

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Vice President Mike Pence will not be quarantined even though some of his employees have tested positive for coronavirus, his office said.

Pence's chief of staff Marc Short is isolating after testing positive on Saturday, Devin O & # 39; Malley, a spokesman for the vice president, said in a statement. A senior political adviser to the Vice President Marty Obst and at least three other aides were also positive, according to NBC News.

O & # 39; Malley said in a statement late Saturday that Pence and second lady Karen Pence tested negative and are "staying in good health".

"While Vice President Pence is viewed as being in close contact with Mr. Short, the Vice President, in consultation with the White House Medical Department, will keep his schedule under CDC Essential Personnel Guidelines," said O & # 39; Malley.

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows declined to say how many people connected to the Vice President's office tested positive when he was pushed down by CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday morning.

Meadows said he would not disclose any personal information, "unless it's the Vice President or the President or someone very close to them where people are at risk."

He also said, "We will not control the pandemic. We will control the fact that we are given vaccines, therapeutics and other remedies."

The group of cases near the Vice President comes politically at a dangerous time: nine days before the presidential election.

President Donald Trump was hospitalized earlier this month for Covid-19 but has since recovered.

Pence is expected to be in the Senate on Monday to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the Supreme Court. Speaking at a rally in Tallahassee, Florida on Saturday night, Pence said he would "not miss this vote for the world".

Barrett's confirmation, now seemingly confirmed, was put at risk after three Republican senators contracted the virus.

Two of those lawmakers – Senator Mike Lee from Utah and Senator Thom Tillis from North Carolina – attended the Barrett White House nomination ceremony last month, which was later linked to at least eight cases.

At 61, Pence is at an increased risk of serious illness from Covid-19 due to his age. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say people age 85 and older are at greatest risk.

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