Congresswoman Barbara Lee tests positive for COVID-19

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Representative Barbara Lee has examined positive for COVID-19, she tweeted Tuesday. The California congresswoman stated she is absolutely vaccinated and acquired a booster dose and is experiencing “cold-like symptoms.”

“I know it could have been much worse had I not been vaccinated,” the 75-year-old Democrat wrote. “I’m so grateful for the miraculous work of vaccines & urge everyone to get vaccinated & boosted!”

This week, I acquired a breakthrough positive COVID-19 take a look at end result. Fortunately, I’ve solely delicate cold-like signs. I do know it might have been a lot worse had I not been vaccinated.

I’m so grateful for the miraculous work of vaccines & urge everybody to get vaccinated & boosted! pic.twitter.com/eyB4k4OLcG

— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) December 22, 2021

The announcement comes because the nation sees a pointy enhance within the variety of COVID-19 instances, with Omicron now the most typical pressure within the U.S. On Tuesday, President Joe Biden introduced a brand new plan to deal with the extremely transmissible variant, together with manufacturing 500 million at-home tests, opening extra COVID-19 testing websites and sending troops to hospitals in want of workers.

Lee is the newest member of Congress to announce a positive COVID-19 take a look at amid the natiowide surge in instances. On Monday, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker examined positive for the coronavirus. Both stated they’re vaccinated and boosted and have been experiencing delicate signs. 

Meanwhile, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that Mr. Biden was in shut contact with a White House workers member who later examined positive for COVID-19 on Friday. Mr. Biden — who can also be vaccinated and boosted — took an antigen take a look at on Sunday and was unfavourable. He will proceed to get examined, the White House stated.

Health officers reiterate that one of the simplest ways to remain protected towards hospitalization and dying is to get vaccinated and boosted towards COVID-19.

Sophie Reardon

Sophie Reardon is a News Editor at CBS News. Reach her at [email protected]

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