Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced on Sunday night that he has tested positive for Covid-19 and noted that his symptoms are mild.
In a statement, Austin said he received a positive test result Sunday morning. He requested a test after experiencing symptoms at home. Austin, who is fully vaccinated and has received a booster shot, said he will quarantine at home.
“As my doctor made clear to me, my fully vaccinated status and the booster I received in early October, have rendered the infection much milder than it would otherwise have been. And I am grateful for that,” Austin said.
“Stemming the spread of this virus, safeguarding our workforce and ensuring my own speedy and safe recovery remain my priorities,” he said. “To the degree possible, I plan to attend virtually this coming week those key meetings and discussions required to inform my situational awareness and decision making.
“I will retain all authorities (related to his military leadership role). Deputy Secretary [Kathleen] Hicks will represent me as appropriate in other matters.” The White House did not provide any immediate statement on the diagnosis.
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