Washington- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, a spokesperson for the California Democrat said.
Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, tweeted that she is currently asymptomatic. The speaker is fully vaccinated and received his booster shot.
“After testing negative this week, President Pelosi received a positive test result for COVID-19 and is currently asymptomatic,” Hammill said. noted in a pair of tweets. “The President is fully vaccinated and boosted, and is grateful for the robust protection the vaccine has provided. The President will quarantine in accordance with CDC guidelines and encourages everyone to get vaccinated, boosted and tested regularly.”
Pelosi was at the White House for two events on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday, she attended an Affordable Care Act event with former President Barack Obama, members of Mr. Biden’s cabinet and other lawmakers. Then, on Wednesday, she joined Mr. Biden on stage for the signing of the Postal Service Reform Act. Obama, who is fully vaccinated and received his booster,last month.
The White House said Mr. Biden tested negative for COVID-19 on Wednesday and would continue to be tested regularly. He is not considered a close contact of Pelosi by the CDC’s definition. The pair had “brief interactions” over the past two days, according to the White House, and Mr. Biden “wishes President Pelosi a speedy recovery.”
Senator Susan Collins’ office confirmed she also tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday afternoon. She has mild symptoms and plans to self-isolate and work remotely, her office said.
Pelosi was to lead a congressional delegation to Asia during the two-week congressional recess, which is scheduled to begin on Friday. But Hamill said the trip would be postponed.
She is one of the latest high-profile Washington figures to test positive for the virus this week, joining the attorney generaland Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, among others. The two Cabinet members, along with Democratic Representatives Adam Schiff of California and Joaquin Castro of Texas, who also contracted COVID-19 this week, attended the annual Gridiron Club dinner in Washington on Saturday.
Pelosi did not attend the rally, according to The Washington Post.