The wife of Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Tuesday afternoon, the department announced late that night.

Trish Scalia and her husband were among hundreds of guests at the Sept. 26 Rose Garden ceremony where at least a dozen people later tested positive and has been dubbed a possible “superspreader” event. The Labor Department’s news release did not say whether she had contracted the virus there.

Eugene Scalia tested negative for the coronavirus on Tuesday and has not experienced any symptoms, but he will work from home as a precautionary measure, the statement said. Trish Scalia is experiencing mild symptoms but is “doing well.”

At the Rose Garden event, the Scalias sat behind first lady Melania Trump and former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, both of whom have since tested positive for the coronavirus. The following Monday, Eugene Scalia embarked on a tour of manufacturing facilities in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York before making an appearance a couple days later at a naval air station in Jacksonville, Fla.

Photographs show Scalia and other attendees wearing masks at the events, The Washington Post previously reported.

The Washington Post


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