President Trump on Friday was taken to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, after contracting COVID-19.
Trump is expected to remain at the hospital “for the next few days” in a special presidential suite of rooms, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.
Trump, 74, wore a mask and gave reporters a thumbs up as he crossed the White House South Lawn to the Marine One helicopter to travel to Walter Reed. He walked without assistance.
Trump was not joined by first lady Melania Trump, 50, who also tested positive for COVID-19 overnight.
Trump boarded Marine One, the presidential helicopter, en route to Walter Reed, which is about 9 miles away from the White House. Wearing a mask, he gave reporters the thumbs up as he walked across the lawn but did not stop to take questions.
Before his departure, Trump deassured the public that he and the first lady were doing well in the hours since they tested positive.
The president received a single 8 gram dose of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail as a precautionary measure, according to a memo from White House physician Dr. Sean Conley. The antibody cocktail is being studied in four late-stage clinical trials and its safety and efficacy have not been fully evaluated by any regulatory authority, the company said on its page.
The president also has been taking zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and a daily aspirin, Conley said.
“As of this afternoon, the President remains fatigued but in good spirits,” Conley said, according to the memo.
Conley said the first lady was experiencing only a “mild cough and headache.” He added that other members of the president’s family are well and tested negative for COVID-19.
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center opened Sept. 15, 2011 after the National Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. were consolidated. The new facility opened on the campus of the naval hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C.
It is named after Walter Reed, an Army doctor who led the research that discovered yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes. Since its opening in 1909, Walter Reed hospital has treated Army privates and U.S. presidents. Staff at the hospitals have also cared for members of Congress and the Supreme Court.