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Senator Chris Coons, seven Pentagon staffers test positive for COVID-19

Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) announced via Twitter last Thursday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

On the same day as Coons’ announced his positive test, seven Pentagon staffers who had traveled with Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks last week also tested positive. The new cases are the latest of many in Washington DC as the omicron variant of COVID-19 rapidly spreads across the nation and the world.

Coons said in his Tweet that his symptoms are mild and that he expects to make a good recovery. Coons’ positive result came only a day after House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) announced his positive test.

He and Coons are the ninth and tenth members of Congress to test positive for COVID-19 this month. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Ma.) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) both tested positive earlier this month. 

“Like millions of other families, it seems we’ll also be wrestling with another holiday spent on Zoom and cancelled plans for travel or gathering,” said Coons. He also encouraged Americans to get vaccinated, saying, “Like millions of other families, it seems we’ll also be wrestling with another holiday spent on Zoom and cancelled plans for travel or gathering …get vaccinated and boosted if you haven’t already.” 

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: CNBC

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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