Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has tested positive for COVID-19, a top aide announced Thursday. Pelosi had been scheduled to lead a congressional delegation to Asia, however, the trip has been postponed.
“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,” Deputy Chief of Staff Drew Hammill said.
“The Speaker will quarantine consistent with CDC guidance, and encourages everyone to get vaccinated, boosted and test regularly,” he added.
Several other members of Congress have tested positive for the virus this week, including Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff of California and Joaquin Castro of Texas. Both members contracted COVID-19 after attending the Gridiron Dinner on April 2. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Attorney General Merrick Garland also attended that dinner and later tested positive.
Pelosi was on hand at the White House Wednesday to celebrate President Joe Biden’s signing of the Postal Service Reform Act. She also attended a Tuesday anniversary celebration of the Affordable Care Act.
Public health officials have recently warned of the spread of the BA.2 COVID-19 sub-variant. New York City, for instance, has averaged 1,500 new cases per day over the past week. However, hospitals have not seen a major increase in patients admitted due to the virus.