President has ‘mild symptoms,’ Biden tests negative

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are in isolation with what some are calling “mild” symptoms after announcing overnight that they tested positive for COVID-19.

White House Dr. Sean Conley wrote in a memorandum: “This evening I received confirmation that both President Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain home at the White House during their convalescence.”

“We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately,” Trump tweeted overnight.

While it is not clear how Trump, 74, contracted COVID-19, the news came hours after it was revealed that one of his closest advisers, Hope Hicks, had also tested positive. Hicks traveled with Trump to Ohio for the debate on Tuesday and to Minnesota for a rally on Wednesday.

Here is how the news is developing on Friday. Please refresh for updates. All times Eastern.

The City of Cleveland said it is aware of 11 COVID-19 cases stemming from pre-debate planning and set-up for Tuesday night’s presidential debate there.

Out-of-state residents have the majority of cases, according to the city’s statement.

The Cleveland Health Department said it will continue to follow its contact tracing process.

Trump did not participate in the only event listed on his public schedule today, sources tell ABC News.

He was slated to host a 12:15 p.m. phone call on COVID-19 support to vulnerable seniors, according to his public schedule. However, Vice President Mike Pence stepped in to host instead. 

Pence and second lady Karen Pence’s COVID-19 tests came back negative, press secretary Devin O’Malley said Friday morning.

“Pence is tested for COVID-19 every day,” O’Malley tweeted. “This morning, Vice President Pence and the Second Lady tested negative for COVID-19.”

Pence “plans on resuming his scheduled campaign events,” Trump’s campaign manager said Friday.

Pence’s physician in a statement said the vice president does not need to quarantine because he “is not considered a close contact with any individuals who have tested positive for COVID, including President Donald J. Trump.”

“Pence remains in good health and is free to go about his normal activities,” the physician said.

Pence tweeted that he’s praying for the Trumps’ recovery.

2:15 p.m.: McEnany says White House deemed it safe for Trump to go to Bedminster Thursday

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Friday that it was “deemed safe” for the president to travel to his event in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Thursday even after the White House learned Hicks tested positive. McEnany said White House operations made that decision but did not elaborate on who she meant.

During a gaggle outside the White House McEnany said Trump was “feeling good” but had “mild symptoms.” She declined to elaborate on his exact symptoms.

McEnany said that the White House made Trump’s positive test public “within an hour” of the president being “assured that he had indeed tested positive.”

2 p.m.: Campaign events involving Trump will be postponed or virtual

Campaign events involving Trump will be postponed or become virtual events, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said in a statement.

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“Previously announced events involving members of the First Family are also being temporarily postponed,” Stepien said. “All other campaign events will be considered on a case-by-case basis.”

PHOTO: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk to board Air Force One to travel to the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Sept. 29, 2020, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

In an all-staff email, Stepien informed his team that staff members who’ve been exposed to “someone testing positive should immediately begin self-quarantine.”

Stepien said that while “some public events will be taken down” the campaign office in Arlington will remain open.

1:37 p.m.: At least one White House staffer tests positive on Friday

At least one junior employee who works in the West Wing has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to administration sources. It was not immediately clear when and if this person was around Trump or Hicks. 

1:30 p.m.: Pennsylvania Health Dept. encourages attendees of Trump rally to download contact tracing app

Pennsylvania’s Department of Health is urging anyone who was at Trump’s Saturday rally in Middletown to download the COVID Alert PA tracing app. 

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“If you test positive, you can alert those you came in close contact with anonymously through the app,” the health department said in a statement. “Anyone who needs a test can get one. If you are feeling sick and need to be tested, please contact your health care provider or visit to find a testing location near you.”

1:10 p.m.: Notre Dame president tests positive after visiting White House

Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the university. He had been self-quarantining after he “learned that a colleague with whom he has been in regular contact tested positive for COVID-19,” it said. 

“My symptoms are mild and I will continue work from home,” he said in a statement.

Jenkins was at the White House on Saturday when Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee. He was criticized for not wearing a mask at the event and later apologized.

MORE: 5 attendees of SCOTUS nomination at Rose Garden test positive for COVID-19

At least four other people at Saturday’s event in the Rose Garden have also tested positive: the president and first lady, Hicks and Sen. Mike Lee.

First lady Melania Trump sits next to Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s family,including husband Jesse Barrett and their children, as President Donald Trump announces Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House, Sept. 26, 2020. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

1:05 p.m.: DNC Chair Tom Perez, who was in front row at debate, tests negative for COVID-19

Chair of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez, who sat in the front row at Tuesday night’s presidential debate, has tested negative for COVID-19, a source familiar with the situation confirms to ABC News. 

12:20 p.m.: Biden, Harris test negative

The Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, and his wife, Jill Biden, tested negative for COVID-19 on Friday, their primary care physician said.

Biden said he is wishing for a “swift recovery” for Trump and the first lady, tweeting Friday morning, “We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family.”

Biden will attend planned events in Michigan on Friday, his campaign said.

Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff also tested negative on Friday and will continue on their planned travel to Las Vegas and Greensboro, North Carolina, respectively, according to a Harris aide.

On Tuesday night, while on the debate stage in Cleveland, Trump mocked Biden for wearing masks.

PHOTO: President Donald Trump holds a face mask as he speaks during the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Sept. 29, 2020. (Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images)

“I don’t wear masks like him. Every time you see him, he’s got a mask,” Trump said. “He could be speaking 200 feet away and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.”

12:05 p.m.: Sen. Mike Lee tests positive for coronavirus days after visiting White House

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, says he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Lee was at the White House on Saturday when Barrett was announced as Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Lee then met with Barrett on Tuesday.

PHOTO: Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, meets with Senator Mike Lee at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Sept. 29, 2020. (Al Drago/EPA via Shutterstock)

“Unlike the test I took just a few days ago while visiting the White House, yesterday’s test came back positive,” Lee tweeted Friday. “On advice of the Senate attending physician, I will remain isolated for the next 10 days.”

A senior White House official said Barrett tested negative for the coronavirus Friday and has been testing negative during daily tests. 

Barrett has spent significant time lately with the White House chief of staff and White House counsel, along with other White House officials. 

11:15 a.m.: Trump and first lady have ‘mild’ symptoms

Trump has “mild symptoms,” White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters Friday morning.

Trump is “not only in good spirits but very energetic,” Meadows said.

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“I’m optimistic that he’ll have a very quick and speedy recovery,” he added.

Melania Trump tweeted, “I have mild symptoms but overall feeling good.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted that he had a phone call with Trump Friday morning and the president was “in good spirits.”

“We talked business — especially how impressed Senators are with the qualifications of Judge Barrett,” McConnell tweeted. “Full steam ahead with the fair, thorough, timely process that the nominee, the Court, & the country deserve.”

Dr. Scott Atlas, special adviser on coronavirus to the president, told Fox News Friday morning that he expects Trump and the first lady to make a “complete, full and rapid recovery.”

“I anticipate he’ll be back on the road and in full swing,” Atlas said.

In light of Trump’s positive coronavirus test, the president has canceled Friday’s rally in Sanford, Florida.

After holding an indoor rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June that was lightly attended, the Trump campaign paused official rallies until mid-August. Since then, however, Trump has held 20 rallies. He held 15 rallies in September alone.

PHOTO: President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Duluth International Airport in Duluth, Minn., on Sept. 30, 2020. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

PHOTO: President Donald Trump throws hats to supporters after speaking at a campaign rally at Duluth International Airport, Sept. 30, 2020, in Duluth, Minn. (Alex Brandon/AP)

9:35 a.m.: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump test negative

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump tested negative for COVID-19 on Friday, White House spokeswoman Carolina Hurley tweeted.

This report was featured in the Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, episode of “Start Here,” ABC News’ daily news podcast.

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