Tennessee Rep. Jim Cooper (D) announced on Twitter on Sunday that he tested positive for COVID-19, joining several others in Congress who also tested positive this week.
“This morning I tested positive for COVID-19. Thankfully I only have mild symptoms because I have been vaccinated and received my booster,” Cooper wrote. “Everyone should be vaccinated and boosted as soon as they’re able. It’s the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones.”
Cooper’s positive diagnosis is one in a string of many as the omicron variant spreads through Congress. Over the weekend Cooper was joined by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Sean Casten, (D-Ill.), Young Kim (R-Ca.), and Michael McCaul, (R-Tx.) in announcing positive COVID tests.
On Monday, four more members of Congress announced their positive results, including Reps. Ben Cline (R-Va.), Rick Crawford (R-Ar.), John Katko (R-NY), and Nancy Mace (R-SC).
Capitol attending physician Dr. Brian Monahan sent a memo to members of Congress on Monday urging as much remote work as possible amid the omicron surge, and warned, “The daily case rates will increase even more substantially in the coming weeks.”
ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK
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