President Donald Trump, who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, headed to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Friday evening.
The president was flown to the hospital and was expected to undergo tests there, unnamed sources told The New York Times.
In a video message from the White House on Friday evening, Trump thanked “everybody for the tremendous support.”
“I’m going to Walter Reed hospital. I think I’m doing very well, but we’re going to make sure that things work out,” he said in the video — his first tweet since he announced his diagnosis in the early hours of Friday morning. Trump added that first lady Melania Trump, who was also diagnosed with the coronavirus, is “doing very well.”
Earlier Friday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany had said that Trump was “in good spirits, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day.”
“Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the President will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days,” she added.
On Friday afternoon, Dr. Sean Conley, physician to the president, said in a memo that Trump “remains fatigued but in good spirits.”
Trump had been given “polyclonal antibodies,” an experimental virus treatment, and has taken famotidine (an antacid), melatonin, zinc, vitamin D and aspirin.
Melania Trump had a “mild cough and headache,” per Conley, and the rest of Trump’s family tested negative for the virus on Friday.
In a statement dated Thursday, Conley had confirmed Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis, saying at the time that both the president and first lady were “well” and planned to stay home. He also said Trump would continue to “carry out his duties without disruption while recovering.”
But by Friday afternoon, the Trump campaign announced that “all previously announced campaign events involving the President’s participation are in the process of being moved to virtual events or are being temporarily postponed.”
Trump is 74 and considered obese, per an assessment in June by the White House physician, and therefore faces an increased risk of severe illness from the coronavirus.
Other people who have been around Trump in recent days have tested positive for the virus: Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), as well as University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins were at the White House Rose Garden on Sept. 26 for Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. White House adviser Hope Hicks also tested positive.