A spokesperson working for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. This comes after a meeting with Democratic Texas legislators who fled their state for Washington, D.C. last week.
Drew Hammill, one of Pelosi’s top aides, stated that the unnamed staff member is fully vaccinated. Furthermore, the staffer did not have recent contact with the house speaker. Nevertheless, Pelosi’s office decided to take extra precautions as a result.
“Yesterday, a fully vaccinated senior spokesperson in the speaker’s press office tested positive for COVID after contact with members of the Texas state legislature last week,” Hammill mentioned in his statement.
He added that “This individual has had no contact with the speaker since exposure. The entire press office is working remotely today with the exception of individuals who have had no exposure to the individual or have had a recent negative test. Our office will continue to follow the guidance of the Office of Attending Physician closely.”
On Tuesday, the House speaker and her staff were seen to be wearing masks again while at the Capitol. After the easing of mask restrictions, many members opted against wearing masks in recent weeks.
When Pelosi was asked about the staff member who tested positive, she said: “I’m sorry he has it. All the more reason for all of us to be vaccinated as he was. Wear a mask. Take every precaution.”
Pelosi added that any decision of bringing back a full-time mask mandate will fall in the hands of the Capitol physician.
On the other hand, per Axios, a White House official has also tested positive for COVID-19 following the meeting with the Democratic Texas legislators. The said official attended the same meeting as what Pelosi’s staffer attended in Washington last Wednesday night. The said White House aid has received the vaccine and has only experienced mild symptoms.
Separately, Axios first reported that a White House official also tested positive for coronavirus after attending the same rooftop reception in Washington as the Pelosi staffer last Wednesday night. The White House aide was also fully vaccinated and experienced mild symptoms.
Another official told Fox News that the staffer tested positive on Monday outside the White House. The said person has remained off-site while waiting for a PCR test to confirm the findings. The said staffer also had “no close contacts among White House principals and staff.”