A Biden White House official and an aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have both tested positive for COVID-19, according to Axios.
The White House official and the Pelosi aide were both present at a rooftop reception event at the Hotel Eaton last Wednesday, Axios reported. According to Axios, the aide attended a reception last week with the Texas Democrats, but the White House statement said nothing about contact with the state delegation. The people involved have all reportedly been vaccinated against the coronavirus. Pelosi’s aide was fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and had no contact with Pelosi since being exposed to the virus, according to the speaker’s office.
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“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,” Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, said in a statement on Tuesday. “Our office will continue to follow the guidance of the Office of Attending Physician closely.” Psaki confirmed during Tuesday’s press briefing that a fully vaccinated White House official tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday, stating the official currently “remains off-campus as they wait for a confirmatory PCR test.”
She said the White House medical unit has conducted contact tracing and interviews, finding no close contact among White House principals, staff or President Joe Biden. Psaki said this isn’t the first breakthrough case at the White House. There have been other instances of vaccinated employees testing positive, Psaki said, though they were not commissioned officers and therefore were not reported by the administration.