Clyburn tests positive for COVID-19 in breakthrough case

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) announced on Wednesday evening that he tested positive for COVID-19 in a breakthrough case of the virus.

“Tonight, I received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. This is a breakthrough case, and I am asymptomatic,” Clyburn tweeted. “America is in a new phase of this pandemic. No one is immune. I urge anyone who has not done so to protect themselves by getting vaccinated and boosted.”

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Last weekend, Clyburn was with President BidenJoe BidenCourt nixes offshore drilling leases auctioned by Biden administration Laquan McDonald's family pushes for federal charges against officer ahead of early release Biden speaks with Ukrainian president amid Russian threat MORE, who spoke at Clyburn’s alma mater, South Carolina State University, for the school’s December commencement address, The Associated Press reported

The White House announced on Wednesday that Biden had tested negative for COVID-19 after taking a PCR test after an aide, with whom Biden had been in close contact, earlier this week tested positive for COVID-19. Biden has already completed his three-dose COVID-19 vaccine series. 

Biden had also tested negative for COVID-19 on Sunday and Monday, and Psaki had noted Tuesday during a press briefing that the president had been feeling great.

Several other lawmakers have also announced that they tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days, including breakthrough cases for Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats press cryptomining companies on energy consumption Ocasio-Cortez: Supporting Sinema challenge by someone like Gallego would be easy decision Over 80 lawmakers urge Biden to release memo outlining his authority on student debt cancellation MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory BookerSenate Democrats urge Biden to get beefed-up child tax credit into spending deal Despite Senate setbacks, the fight for voting rights is far from over Small ranchers say Biden letting them get squeezed MORE (D-N.J.) and Reps. Antonio DelgadoAntonio Ramon DelgadoNew York redistricting panel surrenders over impasse Clyburn tests positive for COVID-19 in breakthrough case New York House Democrat tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (D-N.Y.) and Jason CrowJason CrowCO lawmakers ask DOJ to investigate police's knowledge about alleged shooter Democrats look back on Jan. 6 with emotion Jan. 6 brings Democrats, Cheneys together — with GOP mostly absent MORE (D-Colo.).

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The U.S. is starting to see a surge of COVID-19 cases amid the spread of the highly transmissible omicron variant. Early research suggests that the variant may not be as severe as previous strains, though some of those studies have not yet been or are still under peer review.

Health officials earlier this week suggested that the country could see a rough weeks and months ahead, and Biden’s chief medical adviser, Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care — ObamaCare gets record numbers Fans attending Super Bowl LVI to be given KN95 masks The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Breaking: Justice Breyer to retire MOREconfirmed on Sunday that it was likely the country would see record numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

“Do you expect new record high numbers for cases? And what about hospitalizations and deaths?” CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperPelosi says she will run for reelection in 2022 Biden frustration with Fox News breaks through surface The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden's public moment of frustration MORE asked Fauci on “State of the Union.”

“Yes, well, unfortunately, Jake, I think that that is going to happen,” Fauci confirmed. “We are going to see a significant stress in some regions of the country on the hospital system, particularly in those areas where you have a low level of vaccination, which is one of the reasons why we continue to stress the importance of getting those unvaccinated people vaccinated.”

Updated at 11:07 p.m.