A spokesperson for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tested positive Monday for coronavirus following a meeting last week with members of the Texas Legislature who fled the state for Washington, D.C.
Drew Hammill, a top aide to Pelosi, said the staffer was fully vaccinated and did not have recent contact with the California Democrat, though the Speaker’s office is taking extra precautions as result.
“Yesterday, a fully-vaccinated senior spokesperson in the Speaker’s Press Office tested positive for COVID after contact with members of the Texas state legislature last week,” Hammill said in a statement obtained by Fox News.
“This individual has had no contact with the Speaker since exposure. The entire Press Office is working remotely today with the exception of individuals who have had no exposure to the individual or have had a recent negative test. Our office will continue to follow the guidance of the Office of Attending Physician closely.”
Separately, Axios reported that a White House official also tested positive for coronavirus after attending the same rooftop reception with the Pelosi staffer last Wednesday night. The White House aide was also fully vaccinated, the outlet reports.
“We know that there will be breakthrough cases, but as this instance shows, cases in vaccinated individuals are typically mild,” a White House official told Axios.
The news of comes after six members of the Texas delegation tested positive for the virus after leaving the state Capitol and coming to Washington in an attempt to thwart a special legislative session where Republicans seek to pass new election reforms.
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