Florida Democrat becomes latest breakthrough COVID-19 case in House

Florida Democrat becomes latest breakthrough COVID-19 case in House
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Rep. Darren SotoDarren Michael SotoMayorkas tests positive for COVID-19 breakthrough case Congress needs to step up on crypto, or Biden might crush it Ohio GOP congressman tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (D-Fla.) said Wednesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated, becoming the 10th member of Congress to come down with a breakthrough case in recent weeks.

Soto said that he is experiencing mild symptoms and received a monoclonal antibody treatment on Wednesday "to further reduce potential symptoms." He also said that he is self-isolating and working remotely until he recovers.

"I recently tested positive for #COVID19, and am grateful to only have mild symptoms, which I credit to the vaccine," Soto wrote on Twitter.

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At least 73 members of Congress have tested positive for COVID-19 since last year, but about six months went by between January and July without any lawmakers announcing that they had caught the virus. Members of Congress were among the first people in the nation with access to the vaccine, as they were prioritized in December for doses under continuity-of-government policies.

But starting in July, some fully vaccinated lawmakers began experiencing breakthrough cases, although they have stressed that their symptoms likely would have been worse without the vaccine.

Since July, Reps. Vern BuchananVernon Gale BuchananMORE (R-Fla.), Ralph NormanRalph Warren NormanOhio GOP congressman tests positive for COVID-19 Eighth House GOP lawmaker issued 0 fine for not wearing mask on House floor North Dakota Republican latest House breakthrough COVID-19 case MORE (R-S.C.), Sharice DavidsSharice DavidsLawmakers laud diversity gains in Congress Biden meets with vulnerable House Democrats with agenda in limbo  Ohio GOP congressman tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (D-Kan.), Troy Nehls (R-Texas) and Mike DoyleMichael (Mike) F. DoyleHouse passes bills to secure telecommunications infrastructure The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Biden, Democrats dig into legislative specifics Two House Democrats to retire ahead of challenging midterms MORE (D-Pa.) and Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamMcCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had 'no goddamn business' attending father's funeral Mayorkas tests positive for COVID-19 breakthrough case A pandemic of hyper-hypocrisy is infecting American politics MORE (R-S.C.), Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerSenate Republicans raise concerns about TSA cyber directives for rail, aviation 6 in 10 say Biden policies responsible for increasing inflation: poll Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Nation mourns Colin Powell MORE (R-Miss.), Angus KingAngus KingManchin insists he hasn't threatened to leave Democrats GOP blocks Senate Democrats' revised elections bill Dems hit crossroads on voting rights MORE (I-Maine) and John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperOhio GOP congressman tests positive for COVID-19 Colorado remap plan creates new competitive district State Department spokesperson tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (D-Colo.) have all tested positive even though they are fully vaccinated.

In addition, two House Republicans — Reps. Clay HigginsGlen (Clay) Clay HigginsRep. Tim Ryan becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress NY Democrat tests positive for COVID-19 in latest House breakthrough case Florida Democrat becomes latest breakthrough COVID-19 case in House MORE (La.) and Barry Moore (Ala.) — also announced they tested positive this summer, but it is not clear if they were vaccinated.

The Capitol physician reinstated the House mask mandate in July amid the spread of the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19. While nearly all lawmakers have complied with the rules in the House chamber due to the threat of a $500 fine if they don't wear a mask in that particular space, most Republicans and their staff have of late ignored the mask requirement while they are in the surrounding hallways or House office buildings.