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Member of Vice President Pence's staff tests positive for coronavirus

May 8, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A member of Vice President Mike Pence's staff has tested positive for coronavirus, two sources familiar tell CNN.

A member of Vice President Mike Pence's staff has tested positive for coronavirus, two sources familiar tell CNN.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other Democratic members of Massachusetts' congressional delegation are pressing Walmart on its handling of a store in the state where 81 workers tested positive for the coronavirus and another location where an employee died.

"We are writing to express serious concern about your company's failure to keep Walmart employees in Massachusetts safe amidst the coronavirus," 11 House and Senate Democrats wrote to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon Thursday in a letter obtained by CNN Business.

"Massachusetts is suffering from a high rate of coronavirus cases, and several of our stores located in some of the state's hot spots have also been hit hard by the pandemic," Walmart said in a statement.

A senior official with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told CNN on Friday, ”Trump’s concern is with the economy and that is very clear. ”

During CNN’s coronavirus town hall on Thursday night, Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus response, denied reports that guidelines from the CDC had been deliberately held back.

Here's how the CDC official reacted: Responding Friday to Birx’s comments, a senior official with the CDC tells CNN the focus for the agency right now is to “give everything state and local agencies need to protect people,” adding that the CDC has “already been sharing the basic public health principles [from the draft] to protect people and keep them safe. ”

“Our job is to support state and locals,” the senior official told CNN.

Decision trees are “roadmaps,” the official said, for state and local agencies to know what public health approach to implement based on the level of spread.

We understand states want to open up, but you still,” the CDC official said.

The group is calling for a robust approach from local, state and federal officials and agencies to help those who lose their jobs because of the pandemic to find work.

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