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Amy Coney Barrett tests negative for COVID-19, White House says

Amy Coney Barrett. (Rachel Malehorn, Wikimedia commons/Released)

University of Notre Dame professor and Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett has tested negative for the coronavirus, the White House announced Friday.

Barrett had come into contact with President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, last Saturday, when the president announced her as his Supreme Court nominee in a ceremony at the White House.

Trump revealed early Friday that he and Melania had tested positive for COVID-19 and were going to quarantine.

Barrett has been in Washington, D.C., this week meeting with senators ahead of confirmation hearings, which are scheduled to begin Oct. 12.

Notre Dame’s president, the Rev. John Jenkins, and other Notre Dame staffers were also at the ceremony last Saturday in Washington.

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Jenkins earlier this week announced that he would quarantine, after coming under fire from students and faculty members for not wearing a mask or social distancing at the event. Jenkins later apologized for “my error of judgment.”

Dennis Brown, a spokesman for the university, said Friday that he was not able to immediately comment on the status of others from Notre Dame who may have been in contact with the president.

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