COVID-19 concerns are growing in the White House as a staff member of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), a White House staff member and six Texas Democrats in Washington have all tested positive for the coronavirus.
Pelosi’s Deputy Chief of Staff Drew Hammill said in a statement to Axios, “Yesterday, a fully-vaccinated senior spokesperson in the Speaker’s press office tested positive for COVID after contact with members of the Texas state legislature last week.”
SCOOP: A White House official and a staff member for Nancy Pelosi have both tested positive for COVID after attending the same reception last week, officials confirmed to Axios. https://t.co/UTpb7JeMEr
— Axios (@axios) July 20, 2021
“The entire press office is working remotely today with the exception of individuals who have had no exposure to the individual or have had a recent negative test. Our office will continue to follow the guidance of the Office of Attending Physician closely,” he said.
According to the report, Both that staffer and the White House official were at the same rooftop reception at the Eaton DC hotel last Wednesday night.
Other Congressional staff members have also now tested positive. Spectrum News 13 reported on Tuesday, “In a memo to Capitol Hill staff sent Tuesday, Attending Physician Brian P. Monahan wrote that ‘several vaccinated Congressional staff members and 1 Member of Congress’ have tested positive for COVID-19 via breakthrough infection.”
In a memo to Capitol Hill staff sent Tuesday, Attending Physician Brian P. Monahan wrote that “several vaccinated Congressional staff members and 1 Member of Congress” have tested positive for COVID-19 via breakthrough infection: https://t.co/azhszvdbfr #N13COVID19
— Spectrum News 13 (@MyNews13) July 20, 2021
The growing positive cases will certainly lead to renewed concern over the coronavirus. Despite many Americans now vaccinated, the new cases show the pandemic has yet to leave the forefront of headlines.