House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tests positive for COVID-19


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Washington — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, a spokesman for the California Democrat said.

Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, tweeted that she is currently asymptomatic. The speaker is fully vaccinated and received her booster shot.

“After testing negative this week, Speaker Pelosi received a positive test result for COVID-19 and is currently asymptomatic,” Hammill said in a pair of tweets. “The Speaker is fully vaccinated and boosted, and is thankful for the robust protection the vaccine has provided. The Speaker will quarantine consistent with CDC guidance, and encourages everyone to get vaccinated, boosted and test regularly.”

Pelosi was at the White House for two events on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday, she attended an event on the Affordable Care Act with former President Barack Obama, members of Mr. Biden’s Cabinet and other lawmakers. Then, on Wednesday, she joined Mr. Biden on stage for the signing of the Postal Service Reform Act.

The White House on Wednesday said the president was last tested for COVID-19 on Monday and was negative. Pelosi was scheduled to lead a congressional delegation to Asia during Congress’s two-week recess, which is set to begin Friday. But Hamill said the trip will be postponed.

She is the latest high-profile Washington figure to test positive for the virus this week, joining Attorney General Merrick Garland and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, among others.

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