CDC director will self-quarantine for two weeks


Intl desk, May 10: Robert Redfield, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “will be teleworking” for the next two weeks after he was exposed to a person at the White House who tested positive for Covid-19, a CDC spokesman told CNN.

Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dr. Robert Redfield looks at U.S. President Donald Trump during a press briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic with members of the Coronavirus Task Force at the White House in Washington on April 3, 2020. Photo by Yuri Gripas/Abaca/Sipa USA(Sipa via AP Images)

The Washington Post first reported Redfield’s action.

Redfield “has been determined to have had a low risk exposure on May 6 to a person at the White House who has Covid-19. He is feeling fine and has no symptoms. He will be teleworking for the next two weeks,” the spokesperson said.

The decision comes after the Food and Drug Administration announced that its director, Dr. Stephen Hahn, planned to self-quarantine after coming in contact with an individual who tested positive for coronavirus.

Neither agencies have named the person or people with whom Redfield and Hahn came into contact.

Both men are members of the White House coronavirus task force, which held its most recent meeting on Thursday.

White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere declined to confirm the report that Redfield will self-quarantine, but he said the physician to the President and White House operations officials “continue to work closely to ensure every precaution is taken to keep the President, First Family and the entire White House Complex safe and healthy.”