Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has tested positive for Covid-19, her office said in a statement late Sunday. Ocasio-Cortez, who is fully vaccinated and has had a booster shot, is “experiencing symptoms and recovering at home,” her office said in a statement.
AOC, as she’s commonly known, caused a recent stir by vacationing without a mask in Florida, which has few requirements for pandemic protections. Critics pointed out that her home state of New York has many restrictions (they also took issue with her companion’s shoes, to which she responded, “If Republicans are mad they can’t date me they can just say that instead of projecting their sexual frustrations onto my boyfriend’s feet. Ya creepy weirdos,” she tweeted. “It’s starting to get old ignoring the very obvious, strange, and deranged sexual frustrations that underpin the Republican fixation on me, women, & LGBT+ people in general. “These people clearly need therapy, won’t do it, and use politics as their outlet instead. It’s really weird.”), but AOC took it all in stride.
AOC tweeted the announcement and information on testing for her constituents.
For information on what to do if you're exposed to COVID, test positive or want to schedule a test or vaccine in New York City — see our round-up of CDC and NYC resources here: https://t.co/TdI8nAhQAL
— Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@RepAOC) January 9, 2022
Several vaccinated lawmakers have been down with the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus lately, including Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), but have all reported mild symptoms.
AOC's response to criticism she left NY mandates to enjoy some maskless Florida freedom:
“If Republicans are mad they can’t date me they can just say that instead of projecting their sexual frustrations onto my boyfriend’s feet. Ya creepy weirdos.”
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— PittsburghEd (@pittsburghed) January 3, 2022
New York is experiencing a huge surge of Covid cases linked to the Omicron variant, placing strain on hospitals and public health resources. “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,” AOC’s statement says.