Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Angus King, R-Maine, and John Hickenlooper, D-Colorado, said Thursday that they have tested positive for the coronavirus, adding to the number of cases that have emerged among lawmakers.
Its spokesperson, Philip Waller, said in a statement: A statement issued by his officeHe added that the senator had only mild symptoms.
Mr. Wicker’s announcement came as his state broke previous records for new cases this week, and is now reporting more new cases for its residents than any other state in the country. Mississippi averages 118 new cases per day per 100,000 people, according to Data collected by The New York Times.
Mr King’s statement said he had been experiencing symptoms but was taking recommended precautions.
“Even though I’m not feeling well, I definitely feel a lot better than I would have felt without the vaccine,” he said. “I am taking this diagnosis very seriously, isolating myself at home and telling the few people I have been in contact with to get tested in order to limit any further spread.”
Mr. Hickenlooper He said on Twitter He was experiencing limited symptoms and expressed his gratitude to the scientists who developed the vaccine. He also encouraged vaccinated people to get booster doses according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s plan. Announced this week.
The Senate is in recess this week after adjourning early last Wednesday, making it unclear if any of the men have been in recent contact with other lawmakers, as well as when and where they were first revealed. Their diagnosis brings the number of senators who have tested positive so far to 11, according to news reports compiled by Ballotpedia, a political data site. More than 50 members of the House of Representatives have tested positive.
Several other recently vaccinated politicians have announced their own hacks, including Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who He said he tested positive About the virus after attending a meeting hosted by Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia.
On Tuesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott Tested positive She began receiving antibody treatment, highlighting growing concerns about breakouts in the United States and political tensions over public health measures that Mr Abbott has consistently opposed in his state.
While Mr. Wicker encouraged his constituents to get vaccinated and praised the national immunization efforts in official dataHe has also resisted elements of the Biden administration’s response to the coronavirus. In June, he make a decision Calling on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to end the mask authorization for vaccinated people on public transportation.
Such as delta variable It spreads aggressively, and infection has been observed in frequently vaccinated people, although it is still rare. The increase and increasing frequency of supernatural injuries has prompted agencies to expand public health measures. The Transportation Security Administration said on Tuesday that mask state It will remain in effect on public transportation until January 18.