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VP Harris tests positive for COVID-19

Vice President Kamala Harris at the 40th Annual Black History Month Virtual Celebration, Feb. 27, 2021, at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
April 26, 2022

Vice President Kamala Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, the White House said in a statement.

“Today, Vice President Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on rapid and PCR tests. She has exhibited no symptoms, will isolate and continue to work from the Vice President’s residence. She has not been a close contact to the President or First Lady due to their respective recent travel schedules,” the statement said.

“She will follow CDC guidelines and the advice of her physicians. The Vice President will return to the White House when she tests negative,” the statement added.

Harris, 57, is fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19.

Harris was scheduled to receive the President’s Daily Brief alongside President Joe Biden in the Oval Office Tuesday morning, as the two typically do when both are in Washington, D.C. It’s unclear if this joint briefing occurred. She did not meet with Biden on Monday as he returned from Delaware just before noon.

The White House had not released any other scheduled events for Harris since her trip to California on Thursday, where she spoke in San Francisco about a government program to address the maternal health crisis.

Earlier this month, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tested positive for COVID-19, as well as Attorney General Merrick Garland. Garland’s positive result came alongside Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Vice President Kamala Harris’ communication director Jamal Simmons and Biden’s sister, Valerie Biden Owens — all of who attended the elite Gridiron Club Dinner in Washington, D.C. on April 2.

Last month, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tested positive. She had previously tested positive in October 2021. Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff had also tested positive last month.

According to the White House, Biden has not been considered a “close contact” at the time of any of his cabinet members’ positive results.