Ben Carson, the housing and urban development secretary, has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a spokesperson for the agency, the latest in a long list of administration officials, including President Trump, at contracting the virus.
“Secretary Carson has tested positive for the coronavirus. He is in a good mood and feels lucky to have access to effective therapies that greatly aid and speed his recovery, ”Coalter Baker, the agency’s deputy chief of staff, said in an email.
Mr Carson, a neurosurgeon who unsuccessfully ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, defended Mr Trump’s response to the virus.
Mr Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, tested positive last week. Five other White House aides and a Trump campaign adviser also tested positive for the virus in the days before and after polling day, people familiar with the diagnoses told The Times on Friday.
At 69, Mr. Carson is at high risk for complications. He is also a cancer survivor, having undergone surgery in 2002 for an aggressive form of prostate cancer.