Two students and a teacher have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Trinity School in Indiana. Early reports of positive tests have raised eyebrows across the country because U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's children attend the private institution.
Twelve days before the school reported its first positive test, the U.S. Supreme Court nominee and her family attended a Rose Garden event at the White House. Since the September 26 event, nearly three dozen people have tested positive for COVID-19 including President Donald Trump.
A source close to the White House has reported that both of her children have tested negative for the virus. Furthermore, the source says that the children were kept at home for a few days after reports of the first positive test emerged. However, school officials did let the children return to school just a days later.
Teachers and students who were in close contact with those who tested positive were notified via email. According to the Washington Post, Amy Coney Barrett's family was not notified.
“We understand that this sort of situation can create uncertainty,” Trinity School Principal John A. Lee wrote in an email.
“However, we have been assured at this point that the risk of exposure for other individuals at Trinity School who were not identified as close contacts is no greater than the risk of getting the virus in the general community.”
The news comes as Amy Coney Barrett heads to Washington, D.C. to begin her U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Despite being in the center of the political sphere, the White House nor the U.S. Supreme Court nominee will comment on the developing matter.
"The Barrett children should be off-limits. Period,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said.
Amy Coney Barrett will begin her U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings on October 12. The process is expected to take four days.
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