The CDC referred all questions for remark to the White Home. An administration spokesman, Judd Deere, stated optimistic instances are taken significantly.
“The White Home has plans and procedures in place that incorporate present CDC pointers and greatest practices for limiting COVID-19 publicity and has established a sturdy contact tracing program led by the White Home Medical Unit with CDC integration,” Deere stated in a press release.
A White Home official stated a CDC epidemiologist has been detailed to the White Home since March and is helping.
The Washington, DC, authorities, the place most of the attendees reside, has gotten no response from the White Home regardless of a number of efforts by political and well being officers to get info. Mayor Muriel Bowser stated Monday there had been no “substantial contact.”
Susana Castillo, a spokeswoman for Bowser, stated there have been “a number of makes an attempt” since Friday to contact the White Home at each the political and public well being ranges.
Up to now, the efforts seem largely contained to White Home workers who interacted with the President, first woman and high adviser Hope Hicks, and don’t embrace many who attended their intimate conferences or crowded occasions. After reaching out to greater than half a dozen individuals who got here into contact with Trump over the previous week, CNN has uncovered little quite a lot of telephone calls and emails to doubtlessly contaminated individuals encouraging them to get examined.
The absence of a sturdy contact tracing effort is emblematic of the White Home’s relaxed method to stopping the unfold of the virus amongst its ranks. Till this week, masks had been worn solely occasionally by staffers and social distancing was absent at Trump’s occasions and inside the corridors of the West Wing.
The White Home has insisted a “full contact tracing, per CDC pointers” had been performed following Trump’s New Jersey fundraiser on Thursday, and that related efforts had been going down for different occasions.
CNN’s Michael Warren, Kevin Liptak and Pervaiz Shallwani contributed to this report.