Washington—Three Texas House Democrats COVID-19 test positive In Washington, DC, according to the leadership of the Texas House Democratic Caucus.
They are one of about 60 lawmakers who fled the state on Monday and broke the quorum of the House of Representatives as part of efforts to prevent the passage of a Republican-led election bill. Most members are staying at the same hotel.
Some members learned of their positive test results late Friday night, but they were asymptomatic, officials of the caucuses said. All lawmakers were warned shortly after the positive results of their members and underwent prompt inspection.
Two additional members were positive on Saturday morning’s rapid test, and one had mild symptoms, the caucuses said.
Three people who test positive on the rapid test will undergo the PCR coronavirus test, which is a more sensitive and accurate version of the COVID-19 test. Positive members will be quarantined for 10 days.
Three members are vaccinated. The caucuses did not disclose their names.
On Saturday morning, the use of face coverings between lawmakers and Democrats increased significantly at hotels. Masks have been used sparingly since members arrived late Monday when they moved through the lobby and held meetings throughout the city.
“House Democratic Caucus follows all CDC guidance and protocols,” House Democratic Caucus Chairman Christerner said in a statement. , We still need to take the necessary precautions. We contact Texas public health professionals to provide additional guidance. Our caucuses follow all recommendations from public health professionals while we continue to work. “
The highly contagious variant of coronavirus, the delta mutant, is the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the United States. Travis County returned to strict restrictions on Thursday after four cases of variants were identified in the Austin area.
Unvaccinated people remain at the highest risk of becoming infected with the coronavirus and becoming more seriously ill. All Democrats in the Texas House of Representatives have been vaccinated, the caucuses said.
Austin Rep. Donna Howard was a former emergency nurse and consulted with a public health doctor to determine the safety protocol for Washington’s ground Democrats.
She said parliamentarians followed the CDC guidelines throughout the trip. It states that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks or reduce social distance unless required by law or private regulation. Within their rank.
“We follow the CDC guidelines, and what we’ll see is that, as it is said, delta variants are more contagious and can actually infect fully vaccinated people. That’s it, “Howard said in an interview. “Fortunately, if you’re vaccinated, a positive test shouldn’t be too much of a problem, and it also reminds you why it’s so important for everyone to be vaccinated. Will do it. “
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This article was originally published in Austin American-Statesman: 3 Texas Democrats test positive for COVID-19 in Washington, DC