House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) has said that he tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday night, the latest lawmaker to become infected as the virus’s omicron variant rapidly spreadsAll over the country
“This is a breakthrough case, and I am asymptomatic. I am fully vaccinated and received my booster in September,” the House’s third-ranking Democrat said in a statement, adding that he has been in quarantine since Sunday and will continue to follow public health guidance until it’s safe to resume regular activities.
Clyburn said that he tested negative last Thursday, Dec. 16, ahead of President Joe Biden’s visit to South Carolina State University. The longtime congressman’s family took at-home COVID-19 tests on Sunday as a precaution for Clyburn’s granddaughter’s wedding on Wednesday, he continued. The House Democrat was immediately quarantined after his at-home test returned inconclusive. He took a PCR test Monday on the advice of the House attending physician.
“It is a huge sacrifice to miss my granddaughter’s wedding, but it is an unfortunate reality that is playing out all across this country due to the proliferation of this virus. We all must do everything we can to keep one another safe and healthy,” the statement continued. ”America is currently in an all new stage of the pandemic. The virus can infect anyone. Everyone who is not vaccinated and undergoing a booster should get it. It is the best protection against severe disease and possible death.”
Clyburn was one of the most high-ranking politicians who recently reported a COVID-19 infected. Democratic Senators. Elizabeth Warren (Mass. Cory Booker (N.J.). announced they had contracted the virusIn cases of severe infections. Warren, who received both vaccine doses and her booster, said she was “only experiencing mild symptoms.” Booker, who is just as inoculated, said he first felt symptoms on Saturday.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) revealed he had tested positive after experiencing “cold-like symptoms.” On Tuesday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) announced he and his family were also infected.
Vice President Kamala Harris’ spokesperson, Symone Sanders, said that a staff member who worked with Harris throughout the day on Tuesday received a positive COVID-19 test on Wednesday morning. According to reports, the staff member has been fully immunized and given a booster and is now symptomatic. Sanders stated that Harris was notified on Wednesday and received a positive PCR test. He will again be tested on Friday.