• By The Financial District


Marc Short, the chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, has tested positive for COVID-19.

The vice president's office confirmed the result happened Saturday, according to a report from KCRA 3 News.

Pence and his wife both tested negative this weekend, and the vice president will keep his schedule, according to a statement from his office.

Short is Pence’s closest aide and the vice president is considered a “close contact” under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Pence spokesman Devin O’Malley says that “in consultation with the White House Medical Unit, the Vice President will maintain his schedule in accordance with the CDC guidelines for essential personnel.”

Those guidelines mandate that essential workers exposed to someone with the coronavirus closely monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and wear a mask whenever around other people.

After a day of campaigning Saturday, Pence was seen wearing a mask as he returned to Washington aboard Air Force Two once the news of Short’s diagnosis was made public.