December 2, 2021

DHS Sec. Mayorkas tests positive for COVID-19 days after meeting with Biden

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday, just days after meeting with President Joe Biden.

DHS spokesperson Marsha Espinosa said Mayorkas has been fully vaccinated and has experienced only minor symptoms.

“Secretary Mayorkas tested positive this morning for the COVID-19 virus after taking a test as part of routine pre-travel protocols. Secretary Mayorkas is experiencing only mild congestion; he is fully vaccinated and will isolate and work at home per CDC protocols and medical advice. Contact tracing is underway,” Espinosa said in a statement provided to CNN.

Mayorkas is self-isolating following the positive test results. He was scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, though plans are now uncertain regarding his involvement in the event.

The DHS secretary was also expected to travel to Columbia this week with Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Mayorkas will now be forced to cancel or reschedule the trip.

The isolation is not the secretary’s first time in quarantine. Mayorkas was forced to quarantine in July after close contact with an employee who tested positive for COVID-19.

The positive coronavirus test is certainly a concern, but Mayorkas appears to be showing only minor symptoms, indicating he will soon return to service.

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