Fully vaccinated and boosted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tested positive for COVID-19, but is allegedly not suffering any symptoms, according to her office.
Pelosi’s spokesman Drew Hammill made the announcement Thursday just before the 82-year-old Speaker was scheduled to hold her weekly news conference at the Capitol.
“After testing negative this week, Speaker Pelosi received a positive test result for COVID-19 and is currently asymptomatic,” Hammill tweeted. “The Speaker is fully vaccinated and boosted, and is thankful for the robust protection the vaccine has provided.”
He added: “The Speaker will quarantine consistent with CDC guidance, and encourages everyone to get vaccinated, boosted and test regularly.”
After testing negative this week, Speaker Pelosi received a positive test result for COVID-19 and is currently asymptomatic. The Speaker is fully vaccinated and boosted, and is thankful for the robust protection the vaccine has provided. (1/2)
— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) April 7, 2022
According to Fox News White House correspondent Jacqui Heinrich, Pelosi was seen kissing Joe Biden on the cheek at Tuesday’s Affordable Care Act ceremony with former President Obama. “Pelosi then proceeded to grab Obama’s hand and bring it to her mouth,” Heinrich reported on Twitter.
Pelosi was seen kissing President Biden on the cheek at Tuesday's Affordable Care Act remarks with fmr. President Obama. Pelosi then proceeded to grab Obama's hand and bring it to her mouth.
— Jacqui Heinrich (@JacquiHeinrich) April 7, 2022
The Speaker, who is second in the order of presidential succession, is among a slew of Democrats who have tested positive for the coronavirus in recent days.
Attorney General Merrick Garland tested positive for COVID on Wednesday, as did Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. Garland is said to be asymptomatic, and Raimondo is reportedly experiencing only mild symptoms.
Garland and Raimondo both attended the Gridiron Club and Foundation dinner in Washington D.C., Saturday night, along with more than 600 other political elites and media figures.
A growing number of them have tested positive for COVID in breakthrough cases since attending the super-spreader event, including Reps. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), and Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.). Assistant House Speaker Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), who didn’t attend the Gridiron Club dinner, also tested positive for a COVID-19 on Wednesday.
Pelosi also reportedly did not attend the annual gala.
All of the Democrats claim they are asymptomatic, or are suffering only mild symptoms. Most of them took to Twitter to announce their COVID positive status and encourage others to get vaccinated.
Today, I tested positive for COVID. Fortunately, I am fully vaccinated (and boosted!), and I am confident that this vaccine is the reason I don't have more severe symptoms.
For the next 5 days, I will be working from home and will return to @CommerceGov once I test negative.
— Secretary Gina Raimondo (@SecRaimondo) April 6, 2022
This evening, I unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19.
I'm feeling fine, and grateful to be vaccinated and boosted. In the coming days, I will quarantine and follow CDC guidelines.
And remember, please get vaccinated!
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 6, 2022
Today, I tested positive for COVID-19. I am vaccinated and boosted, experiencing mild symptoms, and will quarantine in line with CDC guidance. I am grateful to our health care professionals and researchers who have given us the tools to manage this deadly virus. Get vaccinated!
— Katherine Clark (@RepKClark) April 6, 2022
This morning, I tested positive for COVID after testing negative as recently as yesterday. I'm feeling fine — thanks to being vaccinated & boosted.
I'm continuing to follow CDC guidance & will be isolating for the next several days. My office remains fully operational.
— Rep. Scott Peters (@RepScottPeters) April 6, 2022
Unfortunately, after avoiding COVID-19 for two years, I’ve come down with it. I tested negative yesterday & last Thursday, but positive today.
Thankfully, I’m fully vaccinated & boosted and I'm only experiencing mild symptoms. I will quarantine consistent with CDC guidelines.
— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) April 5, 2022
Kamala Harris’ communications director Jamal Simmons has also tested positive for the coronavirus after attending the Gridiron Club dinner, her office said Wednesday.
Jamal Simmons, who joined Harris’ office in early January, is isolating and working from home.
Simmons was spotted shaking hands and hugging former President Barack Obama at a packed White House event on Tuesday celebrating the anniversary of the Affordable Healthcare Act.
Harris, considered a close contact, “will follow CDC guidance and continue with her public schedule,” according to her spokeswoman Kirsten Allen.
Last month, several other people in Biden’s orbit tested positive for COVID, including press aides Jen Psaki and Karine Jean-Pierre, Harris’s husband, Doug Emhoff, and former president Barack Obama. For double vaxed and boosted Psaki, it was the second time she had tested positive in five months, forcing her to cancel her trip to Europe with Biden to attend the NATO Meeting in Brussels.