House Democratic conference postponed due to COVID-19

Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesPelosi says she will run for reelection in 2022 WATCH: The Hill recaps the top stories of the week Fury over voting rights fight turns personal on Capitol Hill  MORE (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, announced in a "Dear Colleague" letter on Tuesday that the annual House Democratic Caucus Issues Conference scheduled for next month would be postponed due to COVID-19. 

Jeffries said that the decision to postpone the conference scheduled for Feb. 9 to 11 in Philadelphia was based on guidance from the Office of the Attending Physician. 

"While Vice Chair Pete AguilarPeter (Pete) Ray AguilarBass raises nearly million since launching LA mayor campaign Joining Pelosi, Hoyer says lawmakers should be free to trade stocks House Democratic conference postponed due to COVID-19 MORE and I are disappointed not to be proceeding with next month's event, the health and safety of the Members, their families and staff is our top priority," the letter said. 

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"Our intention is to reschedule the Issues Conference shortly after President Joe BidenJoe BidenDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors On The Money — Vaccine-or-test mandate for businesses nixed Warner tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case MORE's first State of the Union Address in March, to the extent the public health landscape would permit such a gathering," it added.

Jeffries also said that on Feb. 10 Democrats "will convene a family conversation and full-day virtual messaging summit." 

The cancellation comes as the highly contagious omicron variant has swept through the country and as a growing number of lawmakers have tested positive for the virus in recent days. 

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) announced that he had tested positive for the virus on Tuesday, and Rep. Nancy MaceNancy MaceFiscal conservatives should support postal reform  Protecting seniors from guardianship fraud and abuse House Democratic conference postponed due to COVID-19 MORE (R-S.C.) tested positive on Monday, marking the second time she has had the virus. 

Additionally, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezNew Mexico Democrat tests positive for COVID-19 breakthrough case Warner tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case Hispanics sour on Biden and Democrats' agenda as midterms loom MORE (D-N.Y.), Sean CastenSean CastenWatchdog finds 'substantial' evidence Illinois Democrat promised job to potential challenger Missouri House Democrat becomes latest to test positive for COVID-19 Louisiana Rep. Troy Carter announces positive COVID-19 test MORE (D-Ill.) and Young KimYoung KimSouthern California Democrats throw their weight behind Young Kim challenger Missouri House Democrat becomes latest to test positive for COVID-19 Louisiana Rep. Troy Carter announces positive COVID-19 test MORE (R-Calif.) announced they tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend. 

While the omicron variant has contributed to an uptick in infections around the world, early studies have indicated it is typically more mild and less likely to cause hospitalizations than the delta variant.

Government health officials have continuously encouraged Americans to get fully vaccinated and, if they are eligible, get a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.