Does Kamala Harris have Covid? VP heads to Walter Reed after meeting infected Texan Democrats
Less than a week after Kamala Harris met with two Texas Democrats who later tested positive for coronavirus, the Vice President left everybody worried that she might be showing symptoms of the dreaded illness too. Rumors began when Harris arrived at Walter Reed Medical Center on Sunday, July 18, for an alleged 'routine' check up, following which her office released a statement claiming the Veep would not be getting tested for Covid-19, and neither will she be quarantining after her potential exposure to the virus.
According to a White House official, Harris went to the hospital for a 'routine doctor's appointment'. This visit had reportedly nothing to do with Harris meeting two Texas Democrats just five days before, on Tuesday, July 13. The Texas lawmakers left on Monday, July 12, to stop the state Republicans from passing two voting rights bill, and one of those lawmakers tested positive on Friday, July 16. The very next day, two more lawmakers tested positive, and Harris tweeted the day after: "The Delta variant is no joke. Get vaccinated."
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Does Kamala Harris have Covid-19?
As confirmed on Saturday, July 17, by Harris spokesperson Symone Sanders, the vice president did not have any direct contact with either of the individuals who later tested Covid positive. Therefore, Harris's spokesperson confirmed there was no need for Harris to get tested for the virus, neither will she be in quarantine. Alluding to negligible chances of Harris contracting Covid-19, Sanders said: "On Tuesday, July 13th, Vice President Harris met with members of the Texas state legislature who are temporarily in Washington, DC. Earlier today, it was brought to our attention that two of the members at that meeting tested positive for COVID-19."
She continued: "Based on the timeline of these positive tests it was determined the Vice President and her staff present at the meeting were not at risk of exposure because they were not in close contact with those who tested positive and therefore do not need to be tested or quarantined. The Vice President and her staff are fully vaccinated." Daily Mail notes that all the lawmakers Harris met with were also fully vaccinated, and no masks were worn during their meeting with Harris.
Texas Democrats test positive
The outlet also reports that 58 lawmakers crammed into two private jets as they flew to Washington DC for the bills. These Democrats allegedly snapped selfies on buses to taunt their Republican opposers. These photos however show none of the lawmakers adhering to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to wear face coverings on public transport. Four days after meeting with Harris in a closed-door setup, three of those lawmakers tested positive by July 18.
Names of these Democrats haven't yet been released, but they are in self-isolation currently and are to stay there for the next 10 days. The outbreak was reported on Friday after one of the lawmakers took a rapid COVID-19 test and resulted positive. One of two who tested positive the next day is said to be experiencing 'mild' symptoms.