[WATCH] Three Vaccinated Texas Democrats Test Positive for COVID19 in DC
Three fully vaccinated Texas House Democrats have tested positive for COVID-19 from Washington, D.C., according to Texas House Democratic Caucus leadership. They’re among nearly 60 lawmakers who left the state Monday in a show of Democratic solidarity to break quorum in the House, part of an effort to block the passage of a GOP-led elections bill.
Most members are staying in the same hotel. One member found out about their positive test result late Friday evening, but they do not have symptoms, caucus officials said. All House lawmakers were alerted and received a rapid test following the member’s positive result.
Two additional members tested positive in a rapid test on Saturday morning, one with mild symptoms. The caucus said it will follow current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that state fully vaccinated individuals who are exposed to the virus do not need to take any extra precautions unless they start to show symptoms.
On the same day that three fully vaxxed Democrats tested positive for COVID, 30k non-vaxxed Americans also tested positive. The difference: the three Texas democrats will not be hospitalized and face death. Get vaxxed, wear a mask, and fight GQP disinformation.
— The Quiet American (@illdoitagain) July 17, 2021
The rest of the caucus have all tested negative. Some of the delegation had meetings this week with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; and Vice President Kamala Harris. It’s not clear if any of the members who tested positive were in the meetings.
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