Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from her press secretary.
Harris is the latest in a string of high-profile Washingtonians to test positive for the disease, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and several Cabinet members, though none have been hospitalized by it. The vice president is asymptomatic.
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"Today, Vice President Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on rapid and PCR tests," reads a statement from press secretary to the vice president Kirsten Allen. "She has exhibited no symptoms, will isolate and continue to work from the vice president’s residence. She has not been a close contact to the president or first lady due to their respective recent travel schedules. She will follow CDC guidelines and the advice of her physicians. The vice president will return to the White House when she tests negative."
The positive test comes as pandemic-related policies are becoming a thing of the past in most of the United States. A federal judge has nullified the federal mask mandate for public transit, with only a few transit agencies and airports opting to keep it in place. Masks are no longer required at the White House as of March.
Harris had been scheduled to meet with President Joe Biden at 10:15 a.m. in the Oval Office, though it's unclear if the meeting took place as scheduled. Press secretary Jen Psaki and Attorney General Merrick Garland have also tested positive in recent weeks, with each listed as not being a close contact of the president.
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The only item listed on Harris's public schedule for Monday was a flight from Los Angeles to Washington. Her husband, Doug Emhoff, tested positive for COVID-19 last month.