U.S. energy secretary cuts short Midwest trip after aides test positive for COVID-19

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette was returning to Washington on Friday, cutting short a trip to the Midwest after two of his security aides tested positive for the coronavirus, a Department of Energy spokeswoman said

Brouillette’s COVID-19 test results have been negative and he is not exhibiting any symptoms but “out of an abundance of caution, the Secretary and traveling staff will be returning by vehicle to Washington and following CDC guidance,” department spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes said on Twitter.

Brouillette has been traveling frequently to several battleground states ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election. On Tuesday he visited Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and spoke at an event with Senator Lamar Alexander and U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann and Governor Bill Lee, all Republicans.

On Wednesday, Lee said he would quarantine at home after a member of his security staff tested positive for the coronavirus.

On Thursday Brouillette toured western Pennsylvania, an energy rich state, visited frequently by President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden. In Johnston, Brouillette visited Concurrent Technologies Corporation, a nonprofit scientific research and development group. In Erie, he visited a local union hall meeting with plumbers, steamfitters and boilermakers.READ MORE

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