Donald Trump Jr. Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Is In Quarantine

Donald Trump Jr. has tested positive for COVID-19 and has isolated himself at his cabin, becoming the latest person closely associated with President Donald Trump to contract the virus.

The president's son received a positive test result earlier in the week and is currently in quarantine, following guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent additional infections. The news was first reported by Bloomberg.

"Don tested positive at the start of the week and has been quarantining out at his cabin since the result," a Trump Jr. spokesman told Newsweek in a statement. "He's been completely asymptomatic so far and is following all medically recommended COVID-19 guidelines."

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Donald J. Trump, Jr., son of President Donald Trump, tested positive for coronavirus this week, according to a spokesperson. Donald Kravitz/Getty

Prior to Trump Jr.'s test result, his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle tested positive for the virus over the summer, while several family members including the president himself, first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron Trump tested positive in October.

A recent outbreak of COVID-19 has seen White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Trump adviser Corey Lewandowski and Trump legal aide David Bossie, among others, contract the virus.

During a late October appearance on Fox News' The Ingraham Angle, Trump Jr. insisted that the virus was under "control" despite case numbers increasing and a rising death toll, claiming that deaths had fallen to "almost nothing" on a day when the U.S. reported over 1,000 had passed away due to the virus.

"The number is almost nothing because we've gotten control of this thing," Trump Jr. said on October 29. "We understand how it works... It's gone to almost nothing. We're outperforming Europe in a positive way, so well because we've gotten ahold of this."

"The rising case numbers are because they're testing more," he added.

Andrew Giuliani, the son of Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, was also reported to have tested positive and was experiencing "mild symptoms" on Friday.

The diagnosis prompted concerns that most or all of the president's legal team could have also been exposed to the virus as they continue to attempt to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's election win.

There had been more than 11.7 million cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. by Friday, along with over 252,000 related deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Records have been continually broken amid the latest surge of the pandemic, reaching an all-time high of 187,833 new cases on Thursday.

More than 2,000 new deaths were also reported on Thursday, while rapidly increasing hospitalization numbers have prompted concerns from medical workers that the health care system may not be able to handle further cases.