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Politicians and celebrities who have tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the holidays

Left: Warren (UPI). Right: Nadal (Getty).

As the omicron variant of coronavirus spreads across the U.S. and COVID-19 cases skyrocket in the country, public health experts say there could be record waves of infections in the coming weeks.

Many U.S. lawmakers and celebrities are testing positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated against the virus, but most say they are experiencing only mild symptoms.

Health officials are encouraging individuals to begin their initial vaccination series or get their booster shots to protect against severe symptoms, hospitalization and death. 

Here are some of the prominent people who have confirmed they’ve tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the holiday weekend. 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) revealed on Sunday that she had tested positive for COVID-19 in a breakthrough case.

“I regularly test for COVID & while I tested negative earlier this week, today I tested positive with a breakthrough case,” Warren said in a tweet around 4:30 p.m.

“Thankfully, I am only experiencing mild symptoms & am grateful for the protection provided against serious illness that comes from being vaccinated & boosted,” she added.

Just last week, Warren was part of a group of more than 80 Democratic lawmakers who called for more government funding to vaccinate the world against COVID-19. 

Sen. Cory Booker 

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) announced on Sunday that he had also tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing symptoms of the virus on Saturday. 

“My symptoms are relatively mild,” Booker said. “I’m beyond grateful to have received two doses of vaccine and, more recently, a booster – I’m certain that without them I would be doing much worse.”

His positive test come after he and Warren spent hours with other lawmakers on the Senate floor on Friday and into early Saturday morning.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. Hogan wrote on Twitter that he received a positive rapid test for COVID-19 during his “regular testing routine.” He said he is vaccinated and received a booster shot and is “feeling fine at the moment.”

The governor also encouraged individuals to get vaccinated or receive the booster shot “as soon as possible” as the omicron strain “becomes more dominant.”

Rep. Jason Crow

Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) said on Sunday that he tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from an official visit to Ukraine. He is fully vaccinated, received a booster dose and is experiencing mild symptoms.

“I’m thankful to be fully vaccinated and boosted and experiencing only mild symptoms (the vaccine is safe and effective),” Crow wrote in a tweet. 

Crow encouraged individuals to get vaccinated and receive their booster shots “to help prevent major illness and protect our community.” He added he will continue to advocate for affordable access to rapid and reliable testing.

Rafael Nadal 

Tennis star Rafael Nadal revealed on Monday that he tested positive for coronavirus on his return to Spain after playing an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi.

He added that he was experiencing “unpleasant moments” but has informed everyone who came in close contact with him. Nadal revealed earlier this year that he was fully vaccinated. 

He told Tennis World earlier this year, “I don’t pretend to know more than the authorized people say. If the people who really know about this say that we need to be vaccinated, who am I to create a different opinion?”

Jim Cramer

CNBC’s Jim Cramer says he is isolating at home after testing positive for the coronavirus, and added he is fully vaccinated and has received a booster shot.

“I have COVID. I came down with COVID on Thursday night,” Cramer said on the network on Monday morning.

“I know exactly how I got it. I was at an event where you had to have PCR [tests]. You had to be tested that day. I got it from someone who had to be tested that day,” he said. “And the problem is that it just works so fast.” 

Gov. Tim Walz
 
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) announced on Tuesday that he and his family have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. In a Twitter thread, Walz shared that he and his wife, Gwen, tested positive for the virus after their son tested positive on Sunday. 
 
“Thankfully, my son has mild symptoms and Gwen and I have no symptoms,” Walz said in a statement. “My son is vaccinated, and Gwen and I are vaccinated and have our booster shots, and I am confident that these vaccines are protecting my family and me from serious illness.”
 
Brian May
 
Queen guitarist Brian May urged fans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 while having a “horrendous” struggle with the disease himself. He said in a post late Monday night that he and his wife, Anita Dobson, had contracted the coronavirus after attending a friend’s birthday lunch ten days earlier.
 
May said he was beginning to feel better and credited his apparent improvement to the three vaccine doses he had received. “I’m here to tell you, if I may, it’s not too scary,” he said. “You can get it and, if you’re jabbed, you can survive.” 
 
Stephen A. Smith
 
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said he tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms on his show “First Take” on Tuesday.
 
“I’ve tested positive for COVID-19, I have the coronavirus. I learned this over the weekend. I got tested three times last week prior to the weekend and I had tested negative. I tested negative before I departed from L.A., I tested negative when I arrived in L.A., I tested negative when I got back from L.A,” he said. 
 
He added that he was vaccinated. 
 
“Thank God I got the Pfizer vaccine, two shots a few months ago,” he said.
 
— Updated Dec. 21 at 4:26 p.m. 
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