PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Two of the top-ranked Democratic members of the Maine Senate have tested positive for COVID-19 despite having been fully vaccinated.
Maine Senate Speaker Troy Jackson has tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the most senior government official in the state to contract the virus. The head of the Senate, Eloise Vitelli, also said she had received a positive test.
Jackson said he is isolating himself after testing positive in Augusta. He said he was not experiencing any symptoms but decided to have a quick test after learning that a close contact had the virus.
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“Although revolutionary COVID-19 infections are much rarer, we know they are possible. More and more breakthrough infections continue to be reported statewide and nationwide due to the highly contagious delta variant, ”Jackson, D-Allagash, said in a statement Tuesday night.
Jackson said he was grateful to be vaccinated because vaccines have been shown to be effective in preventing severe symptoms and hospitalizations. Vitelli, from Arrowsic, said she was only experiencing mild symptoms on Wednesday.
“I wanted to share my positive test results with the public for the sake of transparency, but also as a reminder that we must continue to use all the tools in our toolkit to protect ourselves and each other,” said Vitelli.
Lawmakers are two of many state lawmakers to test positive. US Senator Angus King of Maine also suffered a revolutionary infection and has since recovered.