Coronavirus: Donald Trump adviser Hope Hicks tests positive for COVID-19 - report

Hope Hicks has reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus.
Hope Hicks has reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus. Photo credit: Getty Images

Hope Hicks, a top adviser to President Donald Trump, has tested positive for the coronavirus and is experiencing symptoms, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

Hicks travels regularly with the president on Air Force One and accompanied him to Cleveland for the presidential debate earlier this week along with other senior aides.

The White House said in a statement that Trump "takes the health and safety of himself and everyone who works in support of him and the American people very seriously" and that it followed guidelines for limiting COVID-19 exposure to the greatest extent possible.

Bloomberg News first reported that Hicks had tested positive for the virus.

Hicks returned to the White House earlier this year after a stint in the private sector. She served previously as White House communications director and as a spokeswoman for Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Hicks is the latest person in Trump's circle to contract the virus. In July, National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien tested positive for the virus, which has so far killed 207,000 Americans and infected 7.3 million.

Worldwide deaths from COVID reached a grim milestone this week, with more than 1 million people dying from the virus. So far the novel coronavirus has infected more than 34 million people worldwide.