House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tests positive for COVID

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tests positive for COVID

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tested positive for COVID-19, her office announced Thursday.

Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is fully vaccinated and boosted, is asymptomatic and quarantining, chief of staff Drew Hammill tweeted.

“The Speaker will quarantine consistent with CDC guidance, and encourages everyone to get vaccinated, boosted and test regularly,” he added in a second post.  

Pelosi’s positive test result comes the same week that the Speaker attended several events with President Biden, standing directly next to him as he signed an executive order related to the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday — as well as during the signing of a postal reform bill on Wednesday. 

During the events, Pelosi, 82, also stood near former President Barack Obama and multiple members of Congress, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). 
Pelosi’s positive test was the latest in a string of COVID-19 cases involving at least 14 lawmakers, journalists, administration officials and White House staff who attended Saturday’s Gridiron Club dinner in the nation’s capital. 

Among the attendees who have tested positive are Attorney General Merrick Garland, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Vice President Kamala Harris’ communications director Jamal Simmons, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas).

Biden did not attend the event. Pelosi was scheduled to lead a Congressional delegation to Asia during Congress’s upcoming two-week recess. Hammill revealed on Twitter that the trip will be “postponed to a later date.”

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