Washington – Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi gave a positive result at COVID-19 on Thursday, a spokesman for the California Democrat said.
Drew Hamill, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, tweeted that she is currently asymptomatic. The speaker is fully vaccinated and has been vaccinated.
“After a negative test this week, Speaker Pelosi received a positive COVID-19 test and is currently asymptomatic,” Hamill said. said in a couple of tweets. “The speaker is fully vaccinated and is grateful for the reliable protection provided by the vaccine. The speaker will go into quarantine in accordance with CDC recommendations and recommends that everyone be vaccinated, stimulated and tested regularly.”
Pelosi was at the White House for two events on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday, along with former President Barack Obama, members of President Biden’s cabinet and other lawmakers, she attended an event on the Affordable Care Act. Then, on Wednesday, she joined Mr. Biden on stage to sign the Postal Service Reform Act. Obama, who got a full vaccination and got a booster, was COVID-19 last month.
The White House said Wednesday that Mr. Biden had given a negative test to COVID-19 and would continue to take regular tests. According to the CDC, he is not considered close contact with Pelosi. According to the White House, they have had “short conversations” over the past two days, and Mr Biden “wishes Speaker Pelosi a speedy recovery”.
Senator Susan Collins’ office confirmed that on Thursday afternoon it also gave a positive result at COVID-19. She is experiencing mild symptoms and plans to isolate and work remotely, her office said. Senator Rafael Warnock also said Thursday that he had a positive test.
Meanwhile at the White House on Thursday morning, First Lady Jill Biden’s spokesman Michael Larosa gave a positive result at COVID-19, he told CBS News. Earlier this week Larosa was not out of the office and had a negative test. He said the first lady and the president would not be considered close contacts.
Earlier this week, Jamal Simmons, communications director for Vice President Kamala Harris, was positive. He was considered a close contact of the vice president. Harris tested negative on Thursday.
Pelosi was scheduled to lead a congressional delegation to Asia during a two-week break in Congress, which is set to begin on Friday. But Hamil said the trip would be postponed.
She is one of the last high-ranking Washington officials to protest the virus this week by joining the Attorney General Merrick Garland and Trade Minister Gene Raymond, among others. Two cabinet members, as well as Democratic MPs Adam Schiff of California and Joaquin Castro of Texas, who also contracted COVID-19 this week, attended the Gridiron Club’s annual dinner in Washington on Saturday.
According to Pelosi, she was not present at the rally The Washington Post.
Arden Farhi contributed to the report.