HUD Secretary Ben Carson tests positive for coronavirus; aide says he’s in ‘good spirits’

HUD's Ben Carson speaks at the Republican National Convention from  Washington on Aug. 27.
Ben Carson, shown speaking Aug. 27 at the Republican National Convention, is the first member of Trump’s Cabinet to test positive for the virus.
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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has tested positive for the coronavirus. Carson is the first member of President Trump’s Cabinet known to have tested positive.

The department’s deputy chief of staff, Coalter Baker, said Monday that Carson was “in good spirits and feels fortunate to have access to effective therapeutics which aid and markedly speed his recovery.”

The 69-year-old Carson was among several top Trump administration officials who attended last week’s election night party at the White House. Carson has been a steadfast surrogate for the Republican president, traveling to many of the swing states before election day to discuss the administration’s priorities and achievements. Carson attended several events Trump held to appeal to African American voters.


Before joining the Trump administration, Carson had sought the GOP’s presidential nomination in 2016. He served for nearly 30 years as director of pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.