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Martin J. Walsh, Labor Secretary, Tested Positive for Coronavirus


Labor Secretary Martin J. Walsh and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland are the most recent members of President Biden’s cabinet to be infected with the coronavirus.

Mr. Walsh said Tuesday on Twitter that he had tested positive that day, and added that he was experiencing only mild symptoms. “I’m grateful to be each vaccinated and boosted,” he wrote.

He said he was isolating himself and following guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “I look ahead to a fast recovery,” he wrote.

Mr. Biden was not considered an in depth contact of either Mr. Walsh or Ms. Haaland under C.D.C. guidelines, a White House spokesman said Wednesday.

An individual is taken into account an in depth contact once they have been lower than six feet away from an infected person for a complete of no less than quarter-hour over a 24-hour period, in line with the C.D.C.

Mr. Walsh had not been around Mr. Biden prior to now week, a Labor Department spokeswoman said Wednesday. It was not clear whether Mr. Walsh, 55, had gotten a second booster dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

Later Wednesday, Ms. Haaland said on Twitter that she had also tested positive.

“I feel nice and am grateful to be fully vaccinated and twice boosted,” she said. “I hope everyone stays current on their vaccinations in order that, in the event that they are exposed, they too may have milder symptoms.”

Several people in Mr. Biden’s inner circle have tested positive for the virus prior to now month, including Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, and Susan Rice, the White House domestic policy adviser. Mr. Biden’s daughter, Ashley Biden, also became infected in mid-May.

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