Dr. Ashish Jha deems SCOTUS ceremony a likely superspreader event

President Donald Trump and several others who attended the event later tested positive for coronavirus.

Staff and visitors listen as President Donald Trump speaks with Judge Amy Coney Barrett during a ceremony in the Rose Garden on Sept 26.

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President Donald Trump and at least seven others who attended his Supreme Court nomination ceremony last month have tested positive for coronavirus. Local health expert Dr. Ashish Jha says that the ceremony was likely a superspreader event.

Jha, the dean of the Brown University of Public Health and a regular guest on television news programs, appeared on Good Morning America Monday.

“Usually, we can classify these things after we’ve done all the contact tracing and tested everybody, but it sure looks like it was a superspreader event, and whether it was during that outside ceremony or the inside reception they had afterwards, we don’t know,” Jha said.


The ceremony, where Trump officially nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the seat left by late Justice Ruther Bader Ginsburg, occurred at the White House on Sept. 26. First Lady Melania Trump, former aide Kellyanne Conway, senators Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Mike Lee of Utah, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were among those who attended the ceremony and later tested positive for the virus. Most attendants did not wear masks or social distance from each other.

The president’s actual health condition remains rather unclear, with constantly shifting reassurances from White House officials conflicting with the expertise of outside experts.

Jha also discussed patients’ potential access to Trump’s treatments on Good Morning America. Watch the full clip with the doctor below:


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