Ben Carson COVID Diagnosis Confirmed 5 Days After Attending White House Election Party

Ben Carson, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), has tested positive for COVID-19.

Carson tested positive for the virus on Monday.

"He is in good spirits and feels fortunate to have access to effective therapeutics which aid and markedly speed his recovery," Carson's deputy chief of staff, Coalter Baker, said in a statement to Newsweek.

At 69 years old, Carson is in the category of people at higher risk from COVID-19.

Carson's diagnosis comes days after he attended the election night party at the White House, where he didn't wear a mask, some reporters also noted on social media.

It will further fuel concerns that the party may have been a superspreader event after Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, also tested positive for coronavirus after attending.

The Associated Press reported that the White House has been secretive about its latest coronavirus outbreak, but a top Trump campaign official as well as a handful of undisclosed White House staff are among those who tested positive after the elevation night party.

Everyone at the East Room event was tested ahead of the party, according to the AP, where few masks were worn and little social distancing was observed.

It comes around a month after President Donald Trump was hospitalized after testing positive for the virus. First Lady Melania Trump and several other top aides also contracted the virus.

Days before it emerged the president confirmed he was infected, the White House held an event to celebrate the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

There was little social distancing or mask use at the event that has since been called a "superspreader" event after multiple people who attended later tested positive for coronavirus.

The president's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed almost 240,000 lives in the U.S. so far, may have played a significant part in his failure to win a second term.

Joe Biden, who criticized the Trump administration's response throughout his campaign, was declared the winner of the 2020 election on Saturday.

He has made bringing the virus under control his top priority—and on Monday, announced the members of a coronavirus task force who will advise him on a plan his administration will implement after he moves into the White House in January.

The White House has been contacted for additional comment.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated with additional information.