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New York House Democrat tests positive for COVID-19

Aaron Schwartz

Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday announced he has contracted a breakthrough case of COVID-19 as the nation grapples with a surge of infections due to the omicron variant.

Delgado said that he tested positive on Tuesday and is experiencing mild symptoms. He said he had received a booster shot of a coronavirus vaccine, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“I’m grateful for the protection of a safe and effective vaccine and booster and encourage all who are able to get both,” Delgado said. “I’m sending love and a special thanks to all of our frontline health care workers who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe.” 

Delgado is the seventh member of Congress to contract a breakthrough case of COVID-19 — meaning a case in a fully vaccinated person — this week.

Lawmakers who have announced positive tests since last weekend include Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), as well as Reps. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.), Jason Crow (D-Colo.), Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.).

Overall, 26 members of Congress — 20 in the House and 6 in the Senate — have contracted breakthrough cases of COVID-19, according to a tally kept by The Hill.

Additionally, four House Republicans — Reps. Clay Higgins (La.), Barry Moore (Ala.), Scott Perry (Pa.) and Jim Jordan (Ohio) — have said since this summer they contracted COVID-19, but it’s not clear if they were vaccinated.

President Biden outlined a plan on Tuesday to address the surge of COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant, including sending millions of rapid at-home tests to Americans, mobilizing military health personnel if hospitals need them and encouraging people to get booster shots.

Tags Antonio Delgado Barbara Lee Breakthrough infection Clay Higgins Coronavirus Cory Booker COVID-19 Elizabeth Warren Jason Crow Jim Jordan Joe Biden Matt Cartwright New York omicron Pandemic Scott Perry

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