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Corey Lewandowski, 3 others at White House event, have COVID-19

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Don Jacobson & Danielle Haynes
President Donald Trump speaks in the early morning hours after Election Night in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., where a large group of officials, aides and guests gathered to watch election returns on November 4. Experts now say the party may have been a super spreader event for COVID-19.  Photo by Chris Kleponis/UPI
President Donald Trump speaks in the early morning hours after Election Night in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., where a large group of officials, aides and guests gathered to watch election returns on November 4. Experts now say the party may have been a "super spreader" event for COVID-19.  Photo by Chris Kleponis/UPI | License Photo

Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Trump campaign adviser Corey Lewandowski and three other people who attended an election night event at the White House last week have tested positive for COVID-19.

The New York Times was the first to report on Lewandowski's diagnosis, which he confirmed to CNBC in a statement Thursday.

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"I feel great," he told CNBC when asked if he had any symptoms of the virus.

He said he tested positive Wednesday.

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In addition to being at the White House on Election Day, Lewandowski took part in a news conference with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani in Philadelphia on Saturday.

The New York Times, NBC News and Bloomberg reported that political director Brian Jack, an unidentified White House staffer and a guest Trump supporter also tested positive for the coronavirus disease after attending the Nov. 3 party in the East Room of the White House.

Trump ally and political adviser Healy Baumgardner told NBC News she's the guest who tested positive.

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The trio are the latest in the Trump administration to pick up COVID-19. Several others, including Trump and first lady Melania Trump, tested positive last month.

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White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and campaign adviser David Bossie, who is leading Trump's legal challenges to the election results in several states, have also tested positive.

Dozens of top Trump aides, donors and allies -- many not wearing masks or physically distancing -- were seen in the East Room on election night to watch returns.

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So far, at least 30 administration and campaign officials have tested positive since late September. More than a dozen who attended a Sept. 26 event at the Rose Garden to introduce Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett later tested positive.

A record 144,000 cases and nearly 2,000 deaths were documented in the United States on Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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