WASHINGTON (AP) — According to government records obtained by a government watchdog group, roughly 900 U.S. Secret Service
employees tested positive for the coronavirus
According to documents obtained by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
, 881 members of the Secret Service's payroll were diagnosed with COVID-19
between March 1, 2020 and March 9, 2021.
The names and assignments of those who tested positive were not included in the records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, but more than half of those who tested positive — 477 — worked in the special agent division, which is in charge of protecting the president and vice president, as well as their families and other government officials.
CREW noted that the Trump administration
took actions that put Secret Service agents at risk of infection, but it was unable to confirm a direct link because the identities of those infected are unknown.
After contracting COVID-19, President Donald Trump
drove in his presidential vehicle while Secret Service personnel drove and protected him; despite restrictions on public gatherings, the former president also held multiple large rallies and events, including the announcement of Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court