Doug Emhoff, husband of Kamala Harris, tests positive for COVID-19

Harris tested negative on Tuesday.

Second gentleman Doug Emhoff, husband of Kamala Harris, tested positive for COVID-19[feminineselon le bureau du vice-président.

“Plus tôt dans la journée, le Second Gentleman a été testé positif au COVID-19”, a déclaré Sabrina Singh, attachée de presse adjointe du vice-président, dans un communiqué. “Par excès de prudence, le vice-président ne participera pas à l’événement de ce soir [on Equal Pay Day]. The Vice President tested negative for COVID-19 today and will continue to test.”

At his event marking Equal Pay Day at the White House — an event both Harris and Emhoff were scheduled to attend — President Joe Biden referenced Harris’ absence due to Emhoff’s positive test.

“One person I’m particularly proud of, who was going to introduce me, is Kamala Harris,” Biden said. “Kamala chose not to take the risk since her husband had contracted COVID, although he is feeling very well, I am told. she decided she wasn’t going to join us today.”

“But let’s send her our love, because she’s something else. And I know how proud she is of our team,” he added.

When asked if Biden was being tested again tonight given his closeness to Harris earlier, the White House stressed that it was not required by COVID protocols.

Biden, as far as we know, was last tested on Sunday and was negative.

Emhoff held a public event earlier Tuesday. In honor of AmeriCorps Week, he visited the Marvin Gaye Greening Center to tour the site and participate in a service project. He also spoke with two members of the press for several minutes during the event.

As a second gentleman, Emhoff frequently visited COVID-19 vaccination clinics across the country to promote vaccines. He and Harris received their booster doses.

Nationwide, COVID-19 cases and hospitalization rates continue to steadily decline, although new sewage data updated this week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the United States States could see the start of a rise in infections.

Data released by the CDC on Tuesday also suggests that the omicron BA.2 subvariant nearly doubled its presence each week nationwide. As of March 12, BA.2 is estimated to account for 23.1% of new cases in the United States

The data comes as countries across Europe and Asia, including the UK, Germany and China, see resurgences of the virus.

U.S. officials are watching increases overseas closely, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, told CNN Tuesday.

“We are obviously very interested in what happens with this,” Fauci said, adding that he had spoken with his British counterparts who linked the rise to the more transmissible BA.2 variant, the opening of the company and the decrease in the immunity of the previous ones. infection or vaccination.

ABC News‘ Mary Bruce and Arielle Mitropoulos contributed to this report.

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