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Interior's Bernhardt tests positive for Covid-19

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday, a spokesperson confirmed.

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According to the agency, Bernhardt is not currently experiencing symptoms of the disease and will continue to follow CDC guidelines following his diagnosis.

“Secretary Bernhardt did test positive for COVID-19 today,” the spokesperson, Nicholas Goodwin, said. “He is currently asymptomatic and will continue to work on behalf of the American people while in quarantine.”

Following the test, Interior canceled a holiday party scheduled to be held outdoors with masks encouraged, Goodwin said. The agency will identify close contacts with Bernhardt and clean work areas following the positive test, he said.

Bernhardt’s diagnosis is the latest among senior Trump administration officials. Others recently diagnosed with Covid-19 include President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.

It comes several months after he pointedly challenged House Natural Resources Chair Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) to meet in person in advance of a hearing examining how the U.S. Park Police cleared Black Lives Matter demonstrators in front of the White House. Grijalva tested positive for Covid-19 shortly after the hearing.

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