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Top White House security official contracted COVID-19 in SeptemberWASHINGTON — A top White House security official, Crede Bailey, is gravely ill with COVID-19 and has been hospitalized since September, according to four people familiar with his condition.The White House has not publicly disclosed Bailey’s illness. He became sick before the Sept. 26 Rose Garden event President Donald Trump held to announce his Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett that has been connected to more than a dozen cases of the disease.A White House spokesman declined to comment on Bailey. He is in charge of the Whi…

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