US Vice President Mike Pence

US Vice President to get tested as disease creeps into White House

US Vice President Mike Pence

In a telling move, confirming that the coronavirus truly has no zip code, Vice President Mike Pence told reporters yesterday, March 21, that he and his wife, Karen, will get tested for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

US Vice President Mike Pence

This comes after a member of Pence’s staff tested positive for the virus Friday night.

“I am pleased to report he’s doing well,” Pence said of the staffer. “He had mild cold-like symptoms for about a day and a half. He has not been to the White House since Monday. Neither the President nor I had direct contact with that staff person.”

Pence said that both him and his wife felt fine and were not displaying any symptoms.

But given his “unique position” as Vice President and as head of the White House’s coronavirus task force, Pence said he would go ahead and get tested.

“Both I and my wife will be tested for the coronavirus later this afternoon,” Pence said.

It is unclear how long the results will take and when he will inform the public of his diagnosis.