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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tests Positive for COVID

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New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was confirmed that she is suffering from COVID-19 and is “experiencing symptoms and recovering at home.”

The office of her secretary issued an announcement on Sunday evening which was posted on her Twitter account. The Democrat received her booster shot in the fall, and “encourages everyone to get a booster and follow all CDC instructions.”

According to The Hill, Ocasio-Cortez was fourth among U.S. representatives to be announced on Saturday. Jim Cooper, D.TN, Sean Casten (D-IL) and Young Kim (R-CA) also declared that they were positive for COVID-19.

Many members of Congress have reported breakthrough COVID-19 cases despite being fully vaccinated and boosted according to The Associated Press.

Sen. Senator Rob Portman, R.OH., stated last week that he had a positive at-home test, but he didn’t feel any symptoms and was “fine”, according to the AP.

More than 100 members of Congress have contracted COVID-19 since the outbreak began in January, according to CBS News. In an Jan. 3 memo, the Capitol’s coordinating doctor, Brian Monahan, MD stated that the positive rate for lawmakers rose from 13% to 1% and recommended telework when possible.

He wrote that “Congressional offices, committees and agencies must immediately review their procedures to adopt a working via telework to reduce in-person meetings to the greatest extent feasible.”

He wrote that electronic means can be used to facilitate hybrid and all-virtual hearings or meetings. “Any group activity that takes place indoors must ensure strict compliance with mask-wearing.”


Twitter: @RepAOC, Jan. 9, 2022.

The Hill: “Ocasio-Cortez tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case.”

The Associated Press: “NY Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is recovering after positive COVID test.”

CBS News: “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tests positive for COVID-19.”

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