House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) after attending events where she was in close proximity to vaccinated Democratic politicians – including President Joe Biden.
Drew Hammill, the speaker’s deputy chief of staff, confirmed the development on social media. He wrote on April 7: “After testing negative this week, Speaker Pelosi received a positive test result for COVID-19 and is currently asymptomatic.”
Hammill added that Pelosi will quarantine herself in line with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prior to the positive test result, the top lawmaker in the lower house of Congress was scheduled to have a press conference.
“The speaker is fully vaccinated and boosted,” noted Hamill, adding that Pelosi “encourages everyone to get vaccinated, boosted and [tested] regularly.” (Related: Marjorie Taylor Greene blasts tyrant Nancy Pelosi for spreading fake science about covid vaccines.)
The 82-year-old Pelosi, one of the oldest members of Congress, is considered at high risk of contracting severe COVID-19 due to her illness. It appears that she caught the disease while in close proximity with several other Democratic politicians. She had been in attendance at two events held at the White House for two consecutive days.
According to CBS News, Pelosi attended an April 5 event on the Affordable Care Act with former President Barack Obama, cabinet members on the Biden administration and other lawmakers. On April 6, she joined Biden on stage for the signing of the Postal Service Reform Act (PSRA) of 2022.
Pelosi was inches away from the president while the latter was signing the PSRA into law. However, the White House insisted in a statement that Biden is not a close contact due to his “brief” interactions with the House speaker in the past two days.
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Pelosi joined lawmakers and other officials who tested positive for COVID-19. Her deputy, Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark (D-MA), also tested positive alongside two other congressmen – Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Joaquin Castro (D-TX).
Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Raphael Warnock (D-GA) also announced on April 7 that they tested positive, with the Republican’s office adding that she has mild symptoms and plans to work remotely while in isolation.
A day before, Attorney General Merrick Garland said he tested positive for COVID-19. The test result came shortly after Garland held an event with Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco and Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray.
Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo also confirmed a positive COVID-19 test result. Raimondo – alongside Garland, Schiff and Castro – attended the annual Gridiron Club dinner held in Washington last April 2.
Jamal Simmons, communications director for Vice President Kamala Harris, also tested positive for COVID-19. The White House confirmed that he was indeed in close contact with Harris. While Simmons was isolating and working from home, the vice president had no plans to do so.
Many Democrats have supported COVID-19 vaccines and compulsory immunization, and have themselves received the vaccine. Some of them have also received booster doses amid the spread of the more infectious yet milder B11529 omicron variant.
The 79-year-old Biden, who was fully vaccinated, received a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on March 30. His predecessor Obama, who was fully vaccinated and boosted, had COVID-19 that month. Prior to becoming president, Biden served as vice president during the Obama administration from 2008 until 2016.
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