Kellyanne Conway, the Former White House adviser, disclosed Friday night that she has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, becoming the 10th person who was in the White House to be infected with the disease this week.
Conway, who quit as a top counselor for U.S. President Donald Trump at the end of August, shared the news on Twitter, Friday night. Her departure marked a sudden end to her high-profile stint at the White House, where she was known as one of the President's relentless defenders.
In a tweet, Conway said her symptoms are mild and that she was feeling fine. "I have started an isolation process in consultation with physicians," she disclosed on the social media platform, adding "my heart is with everyone affected by this global pandemic," CNN quoted her as saying in the tweet.
Tonight I tested positive for COVID-19. My symptoms are mild (light cough) and I’m feeling fine. I have begun a quarantine process in consultation with physicians. As always, my heart is with everyone affected by this global pandemic. ️ — Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) October 3, 2020
Conway was in the White House last week to attend a ceremony where Trump introduced his bet for the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett. Around 150 people were present at the Rose Garden ceremony, where the majority of the guests did not observe social distancing and had no face coverings.
Conway's diagnosis was announced moments after Trump was taken to the Walter Reed military hospital on a helicopter with symptoms of the virus. Early Friday, Trump tweeted that he and his wife were found to have contracted coronavirus.
The results came following reports that Hope Hicks, Trump's senior adviser, has the virus. Two Republican senators and another staffer at the White House were also diagnosed with the disease. Three media staff in the White House have also tested positive.
Conway was one of Trump's closest counselors who served as his third campaign administrator in the 2016 election. Conway did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
George Conway, Kellyanne's husband tweeted about reports of exasperated agents of the Secret Service claiming that Trump's actions have repeatedly put them at risk of being infected with COVID. "I can relate," he said on Twitter, Friday night.
Trump himself has often downplayed the ill effects of the virus, which has claimed the lives of more than 209.000 Americans and sickened more than 7.3 million around the world.