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Pence chief of staff, senior political adviser both test positive for Covid-19

By Monica Alba and Amanda Golden
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 10: White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short speaks during a White House daily briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House July 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. Huckabee Sanders held a daily briefing to answer questions from members of the White House press corps. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Two people associated with Vice President Mike Pence have tested positive for Covid-19.

Pence's office said in a statement Saturday night that his chief of staff, Marc Short, "began quarantine" after learning of the diagnosis and was cooperating a contact-tracing effort.

"Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence both tested negative for COVID-19 today, and remain in good health," vice presidential spokesman Devin O'Malley said in the statement.

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"While Vice President Pence is considered a close contact with Mr. Short, in consultation with the White House Medical Unit, the Vice President will maintain his schedule in accordance with the CDC guidelines for essential personnel," he said.

Additionally, a source familiar with the matter told NBC News that Pence's senior political adviser, Marty Obst, also tested positive.

Obst was at the debate in Salt Lake City with Pence Oct. 7, posing maskless with him and others after the event.

Obst is not a government employee. Pence's office has not yet responded to requests for comment.

The vice president wore a mask Saturday while traveling on Air Force Two for his campaign events in Lakeland and Tallahassee, Florida, and took it off for his remarks.

Over the last several weeks, Pence has only on occasion worn a face covering, including Friday while early voting indoors.

At the beginning of October, President Donald Trump announced he had the virus and, after being treated at Walter Reed Medical Center, said he had fully recovered days later