Both outlets cited three sources familiar with her diagnosis, and CNN reported that Barrett’s husband Jesse was asymptomatic while she felt “a little under the weather but recovered,” one source told CNN.
Deputy White House press secretary Judd Deere told the Post that the Supreme Court nominee is now tested daily. After President Donald Trump and the first lady announced Friday that they tested positive for the coronavirus, a White House spokesperson confirmed that Barett tested negative.
White House spokesperson Judd Deere did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
This news comes as a number of high profile figures have tested positive for coronavirus since attending Saturday’s event where the president announced Barrett as his nominee to the court. At least eight people, including the president, the first lady, Sen. Thom Tillis, Sen. Mike Lee, and former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway have reported testing positive for the virus since the event.
Barett has been teaching in-person at the University of Notre Dame this semester. Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown told Business Insider in a statement that she taught one course this semester starting on August 1o until her nomination.
The new coronavirus cases across Congress and close to the White House have raised additional questions about the process to confirm a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warned that it would be “irresponsible and dangerous” to proceed with a hearing on the president’s SCOTUS pick Barrett, noting that two members on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Republican Sens. Tillis and Lee, have tested positive. However, Republican senators including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the hearings would happen “very soon” even after the president’s announcement that he tested positive for coronavirus.