NY Democrat tests positive for COVID-19 in latest House breakthrough case

NY Democrat tests positive for COVID-19 in latest House breakthrough case
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Rep. Joseph MorelleJoseph (Joe) MorelleNY Democrat tests positive for COVID-19 in latest House breakthrough case House GOP campaign arm adds to target list NY, NJ lawmakers call for more aid to help fight coronavirus MORE (D-N.Y.) announced on Sunday that he has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the latest breakthrough case to be reported in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Morelle said he tested positive for the virus after experiencing mild symptoms, adding that his symptoms remain mild because he is fully vaccinated.

“After experiencing mild symptoms, I have tested positive for COVID-19. I have followed all guidance from the Center for Disease Control & my physician and will remain isolated until it is safe to resume official duties. Thankfully, I'm fully vaccinated so my symptoms remain mild,” Morelle wrote in a tweet.

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He also urged others to get inoculated against COVID-19 to protect themselves from the “severe impacts” the virus can have, writing that his “experience could have been much different” without the vaccine.

Morelle is the seventh fully vaccinated House member to test positive for COVID-19 since July. Reps. Vern BuchananVernon Gale BuchananMORE (R-Fla.), Ralph NormanRalph Warren NormanRep. Tim Ryan becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress Republicans demanding Blinken impeachment are forgetting one thing — the Constitution NY Democrat tests positive for COVID-19 in latest House breakthrough case MORE (R-S.C.), Sharice DavidsSharice DavidsKatie Hill launches effort to protect Democratic majority in House GOP ramps up pressure on vulnerable Democrats in spending fight Rep. Tim Ryan becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress MORE (D-Kan.), Troy Nehls (R-Texas), Mike DoyleMichael (Mike) F. DoyleOhio Republican tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case Rep. Tim Ryan becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress NY Democrat tests positive for COVID-19 in latest House breakthrough case MORE (D-Pa.) and Darren SotoDarren Michael SotoRep. Tim Ryan becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress NY Democrat tests positive for COVID-19 in latest House breakthrough case GOP leader taking proxy voting fight to Supreme Court MORE (D-Fla.) have all announced positive tests.

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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.) — have also said they tested positive for COVID-19 this summer, but it is not clear if they were vaccinated.

Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamFranken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Ohio Republican tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case Trump lawyer offered six-point plan for Pence to overturn election: book MORE (R-S.C.), Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerGOP senator will 'probably' vote for debt limit increase Rep. Tim Ryan becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress Top Republican: General told senators he opposed Afghanistan withdrawal MORE (R-Miss.), Angus KingAngus KingRep. Tim Ryan becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress Senate backers of new voting rights bill push for swift passage Stacey Abrams backs Senate Democrats' voting rights compromise MORE (I-Maine) and John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperRep. 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 (D-Colo.) have also said they tested positive for COVID-19 in breakthrough cases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that while breakthrough cases, in which fully vaccinated people test positive for COVID-19, are expected, inoculated individuals who test positive for the virus are less likely to develop serious illness.

The majority of recent coronavirus-related hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S. have been among people who have not received the vaccine, illustrating the effectiveness of the shots in protecting against serious illness.

The Capitol physician reestablished the House mask mandate in July as the highly contagious delta variant spread in the U.S.