United States Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tested positive for COVID-19, her office announced on Jan. 9.
“She is experiencing symptoms and recovering at home. The Congresswoman received her booster shot this fall, and encourages everyone to get their booster and follow all [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidance,” the statement said.
According to CDC guidelines, those who test positive for COVID-19 and are experiencing symptoms should isolate for at least five full days.
Ocasio-Cortez, who represents New York’s 14th congressional district, is at least the fourth breakthrough case among Congress members this weekend.
Ocasio-Cortez’s announcement came a day after Representatives Jim Cooper, Sean Casten, and Young Kim announced that they tested positive for COVID-19.
According to govtrack.us, 104 U.S. representatives and senators have tested positive for COVID-19.
Capitol attending physician Brian Monahan said in a Jan. 3 memo to lawmakers that the positivity rate among lawmakers rose from 1% to 13%.
“Congressional offices, Committees, and Agencies should immediately review their operations to adopt a maximal telework posture to reduce in-person meetings and in-office activities to the maximum extent possible,” Monahan wrote.
The House of Representatives has not held any floor votes since Dec. 14 and they were scheduled to return on Jan. 10.
The New York State Department of Health reported 79,777 people tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 8, bringing the total to 4,136,604, as it battles the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. recorded 378,692 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the nationwide total to 59,767,221 — the highest in the world.
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