Vice President Kamala Harris and her staff avoided exposure to Covid-19 during a recent meeting with Texas lawmakers, two of whom have now tested positive, according to a spokesperson for the White House office of the vice-president.
“On Tuesday, July 13, Vice President Harris met with members of the Texas State Legislature who are temporarily in Washington, DC. Earlier today, it was brought to our attention that two of the members of this meeting tested positive for COVID-19, “said Symone Sanders, senior advisor and chief spokesperson.
“Based on the timeline of these positive tests, it was determined that the Vice President and her staff present at the meeting were not at risk of exposure as they were not in close contact with those who tested positive. and therefore do not need to be tested or quarantined. The Vice-President and her staff are fully immunized.
Phillip Martin, Director of the Texas House Democratic Caucus announced Saturday that three of the state’s Democratic lawmakers had tested positive for Covid-19 while in the nation’s capital. More than 50 House Democrats from Texas arrived in Washington on Monday to try to block passage of a Republican-backed law that would impose new voting requirements in Lone Star state.
For now, the lawmakers in question remain in DC. Their names and conditions were not disclosed. Each member of the delegation tested positive for Covid-19 via a rapid test had previously been vaccinated against the virus.
For the White House, a positive Covid-19 test from Harris or one of his collaborators could have potentially sounded the death knell. While President Biden received his second coronavirus vaccine in January, the 78-year-old Pennsylvania native remains at high risk of serious illness if he contracts the virus, given his advanced age.