(PatriotWise.com)- According to Politico, ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl has tested positive for Covid-19. The positive test result came only days after Karl shook President Joe Biden’s hand at the White House Correspondents Dinner (WHCD). At the event, he sat close to Kim Kardashian. Kardashian later attended the Met Gala with her boyfriend, comedian Pete Davidson- who was also in attendance in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Karl tested positive on Monday night, according to an ABC official responding to the Politico claim, although he also tested negative on Saturday before the over 2000-person gathering. He had suffered no symptoms on Saturday. A spokesman told Politico that Karl has since put himself in isolation and has participated in contact tracing.
Multiple cases of Covid-19 were identified at the White House before this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner, prompting concerns that it might have been a super spreader event. Vice President Kamala Harris was one of those individuals who tested negative, and she returned to work at the White House this week.
Reports say attendees at the White House Correspondents Dinner were asked to show documentation of their Covid-19 immunizations and a negative test. But those afraid to attend raised concerns about the event’s safety. Dr. Anthony Fauci, a White House health advisor, did not participate in the event due to worries regarding Covid-19. He did, however, attend a pre-party beforehand, claiming that his decision was based on his own “personal risk.”
At the event, Jonathan Karl was presented with an award for Excellence in Presidential Coverage Under Deadline Pressure. While on stage, he shook hands with several guests, including President Joe Biden.
Karl published a book titled Betrayal last year, which is his report on Donald Trump’s presidency. Karl was praised by peers for his coverage of the former President and the January 6 Capitol Hill riot. Before leaving the stage with his award, Karl branded the riot an “assault on American democracy.”
White House Correspondents’ Association President Steven Portnoy told the media that the event followed practices that went beyond any CDC or DC health department recommendation or rule. He added that he wished anyone who wasn’t feeling well ‘a speedy recovery.’