The positive tests forced a one-day delay in the Pence's Arizona trip so the Secret Service could swap in healthy agents
Eight Secret Service agents assigned to US Vice President Mike Pence's detail ahead of his trip to Arizona tested positive for the coronavirus right before Pence was scheduled to travel there.
The positive tests forced a one-day delay in the trip so the Secret Service could swap in healthy agents, reports the CNN citing The Washington Post.
Pence was scheduled to go to Arizona on Tuesday, but delayed the trip until Wednesday.
Ahead of Pence's trip, the state was reporting record highs for both new daily cases and deaths since the state started posting data publicly in mid-March.
Secret Service Director of Communications Catherine Milhoan told CNN in a statement, "The health and safety of our workforce, their families, and that of our protectees remains the agency's highest priority." She said. "
"The agency continues to operate in compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations through the US Secret Service Office of Safety, Health and Environmental Programs."
Pence's trip originally included several more public stops, but the trip was scaled back, amid the recent spike of Covid cases in Arizona.