George Cheeks, the president and CEO of CBS, tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, just days after sitting next to President Biden at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the network confirmed Friday.
Mr. Cheeks is fully vaccinated and received a booster shot, according to CBS, and tested negative before dinner on Saturday, as well as Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
“He is feeling good and working from home,” the company said in a statement.
Mr. Cheeks is one of many people who attended the White House Correspondents’ Dinner to later test positive for the coronavirus, including Antony J. Blinken, the Secretary of State, and several journalists, such as Jonathan Karl , ABC News’ chief Washington correspondent, who shook hands with Mr. Biden over dinner, and Steve Hermannchief national correspondent for Voice of America.
As of Friday evening, it was unclear how many cases had been confirmed among people who attended the dinner or related events. Dinner required proof of vaccination and a negative test on the day, and recalls were strongly encouraged; associated events set their own policies.
At the dinner, Mr. Cheeks sat between President Biden and Jill Biden, the first lady, all three unmasked.
Comedian Trevor Noah headlined the event, delivering zingers for nearly half an hour to a ballroom of 2,600 reporters, celebrities and politicians. He opened by calling the dinner “the nation’s most distinguished broadcast event.”
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said Wednesday that President Biden tested negative Tuesday after attending the dinner. It was unclear whether President Biden had taken another test since, although the White House says he is tested regularly. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday evening.
Dr. Biden is in Romania. She visited troops on Friday and will meet her Romanian counterpart on Saturday before heading to Bratislava, Slovakia, as part of a trip to show support for Ukrainians displaced in the region by the Russian invasion.