White House is not contact tracing 'superspreader' Rose Garden event
At least eight people, including the president, may have become infected at the event
October 6, 2020
Despite almost daily disclosures of new coronavirus infections among President Donald Trump's close associates, the White House is making little effort to investigate the scope and source of its outbreak.
The White House has decided not to trace the contacts of guests and staff members at the Rose Garden celebration 10 days ago for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, where at least eight people, including the president, may have become infected, according to a White House official familiar with the plans.
Instead, it has limited its efforts to notifying people who came in close contact with Trump in the two days before his COVID diagnosis Thursday evening. It has also cut the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has the government's most extensive knowledge and resources for contact tracing, out of the process.