White House Cafeterias Closed After Employee Tests Positive For Coronavirus

White House Cafeterias Closed After Employee Tests Positive For Coronavirus

White House Cafeterias Closed After Employee Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Two cafeterias in the White House complex have been temporarily closed after a food service employee tested positive for the coronavirus.

A cafeteria in the New Executive Office Building and Ike’s Eatery in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building ― reportedly frequented by dozens of President Donald Trump’s West Wing aides ― were shut this week after the staffer’s positive diagnosis, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

“There is no reason for panic or alarm,” the White House told staff in an email, per CNN. The message said contract tracing had been carried out and there was no need for anyone else to self-quarantine.

White House staff just got an email that says there is “no reason for panic or alarm,” but the cafeterias in the two buildings next to the White House — the Executive Office Building and the New Executive Office Building — are closed because a staffer tested positive for Covid-19

— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) July 23, 2020

Email says contract tracing has been done and no West Wing staff need to quarantine at the time.

— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) July 23, 2020

It’s unclear when the premises, both run by contractors, will reopen.

“All proper protocols were in place by the vendor including masks, gloves, plastic shielding at check out, and no dine-in service,” a spokesperson for the General Services Administration, responsible for the maintenance of the buildings, told NBC News. “The White House Medical Unit has done contact tracing and determined that the risk of retransmission is low.”

Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, Katie Waldman Miller, and a personal military valet for Trump both tested positive for COVID-19 in May. 

Trump said on Tuesday he is tested for the coronavirus “probably on average” every two or three days.

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