White House spokesperson Kevin Munoz said in a statement to CNN that the White House "maintains strong Covid-19-related protocols in order to create a safe workplace for its employees," such as mandatory mask wearing, social distancing and "regular testing." "Our testing protocol is informed by a range of factors, including an employee's vaccination status, and is only one of a host of measures in place to mitigate risk in the workplace," Munoz said. Prior to the change, only those who were coming in contact with a top leader -- such as President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris or other senior level staff -- were getting tested daily. If a staff member was not going to be in contact with those people, they already were not being tested daily. News of the testing changes was first reported by Axios. The Biden administration has made significant changes from the White House protocols under former President Donald Trump, who during his time in office long dismissed the gravity of the virus and eschewed practices like social distancing and mask wearing.
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Published on March 16, 2021 10:57 PM
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(CNN)White House staff working in-person are no longer tested for Covid-19 every day as those on campus have been increasingly vaccinated, a recent change to testing protocol, according to an administration official familiar with the process.