Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) tested positive for COVID-19 during a routine screening for the virus, his office said Sunday.
“As an element of his regular testing regimen, Leader Schumer received a positive test result for COVID-19,” his spokesman, Justin Goodman, said in a press release. “The Leader is fully vaccinated and double boosted, and has very mild symptoms. He greatly appreciates the protection the vaccine has provided him and encourages everyone to check frequently and get vaccinated and boosted.”
Schumer’s office stressed the lawmaker would proceed to work remotely while quarantining this week.
“Anyone who knows Leader Schumer knows that even when he’s not physically within the Capitol, through virtual meetings and his trademark flip phone he’ll proceed together with his robust schedule and remain in near-constant contact together with his colleagues,” Goodman said.
The lawmakers’ infection comes amid a renewed wave of infections in the USA linked to the Omicron subvariant BA.5. That strain is extremely able to evading the body’s defenses linked to immunity from previous infections or vaccination.
The CDC has reported about 100,000 latest cases a day on average over the past week, however the true number could also be much higher on account of the prevalence of at-home testing or the shortage of testing in any respect.