Buttigieg made the announcement Monday, reports The New York Post. Buttigieg has so far tested negative for the virus, though the recent diagnosis of one of his bodyguards has sent him into isolation.
“I think it’s a reminder, as we go through our days, this is why masks matter, this is why testing matters,” Buttigieg also told CNN. “We have to take this seriously.”
The Senate confirmed Buttigieg in a 86-13 vote last month, making him the first openly gay cabinet official ever confirmed by the legislative body. He is only the second openly gay man to serve at the cabinet level, following Richard Grenell’s stint as Director of National Intelligence during the Trump administration last year. Grenell only served in an acting capacity, and was never actually confirmed to the job via the Senate.