Mike Pence's chief of staff tests positive for COVID-19

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short attend a news conference with U.S. President Donald Trump and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in the Rose Garden at the White House July 25, 2017 in Washington, DC.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short attend a news conference with U.S. President Donald Trump and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in the Rose Garden at the White House July 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo credit Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mike Pence's chief of staff tested positive on Saturday for COVID-19, the vice president's office announced hours after news broke that one of his advisers had tested positive for the virus earlier in the week.

"Today, Marc Short, Chief of Staff to the Vice President, tested positive for COVID-19, began quarantine and assisting in the contact tracing process," Pence press secretary Devin O'Malley said in a statement.

He said the vice president and second lady Karen Pence both tested negative on Saturday for COVID-19 and "remain in good health."

Pence’s office announced another negative test on Sunday: “This morning, both Vice President Pence and the Second Lady tested negative for COVID-19.”

O' Malley also said that Short's diagnosis will not affect Pence's busy campaign schedule.

"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.

Earlier Saturday, it was reported that Marty Obst, an adviser to Pence who is not a White House employee, also tested positive for COVID-19, but he was not considered to be in close contact with Pence.