Rep. Sharice Davids becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case

Rep. Sharice DavidsSharice DavidsAbortion rights group endorsing 12 House Democrats Overnight Health Care — Presented by Altria — Vulnerable House Dems push drug pricing plan Vulnerable House Democrats warn not to drop drug pricing from package MORE (D-Kan.) announced on Friday that she has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the latest House member to disclose a breakthrough infection.

Davids said in a statement that her symptoms are mild and that she is isolating at home, where she’s been since having an unrelated surgery.

“Earlier today, I received a positive COVID-19 PCR test result. My symptoms are mild, and per CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and House Attending Physician Guidance I am continuing to isolate at home, where I have been since an unrelated outpatient parathyroid surgery. I have followed CDC recommended precautions throughout this pandemic, including masking indoors in areas of high or substantial transmission,” Davids said.

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Davids, who was vaccinated in January, said she is “incredibly grateful for the vaccine and the protection that it offers. I know things could have been much worse for me without it.”

“As the Delta variant spreads in our state, I encourage everyone to protect themselves and others and get their shot. We need everyone to get vaccinated in order to put the worst of this virus behind us,” she continued.

Davids’s announcement follows that of two other lawmakers who said this week that they tested positive for COVID-19 despite vaccination.

Health experts say such breakthrough cases are rare and usually cause milder symptoms or asymptomatic cases.

Rep. Ralph NormanRalph Warren NormanLawmakers increasingly anxious about US efforts against Russian hackers GOP seeks oversight hearing with Kerry on climate diplomacy  House Freedom Caucus elects Rep. Scott Perry as new chairman MORE (R-S.C.) said on Thursday that he tested positive for coronavirus despite vaccination. Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead Biden move to tap oil reserves draws GOP pushback MORE (R-S.C.) announced his positive COVID-19 test on Monday.