Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker test positive for COVID-19

Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker said on Sunday that they had tested positive for COVID-19. Warren and Booker were both on the Senate floor last week for several key votes, including authorizing the Pentagon’s budget for 2022 and increasing the debt limit, which will prevent the U.S. from defaulting on its bills.

Warren tweeted that she tests regularly for COVID-19; she tested negative last week, however, then tested positive on Sunday.  Warren said: “Thankfully, I am only experiencing mild symptoms & am grateful for the protection provided against serious illness that comes from being vaccinated & boosted.”

Booker shared in a statement that he had experienced mild symptoms on Saturday, and he learned he tested positive on Sunday.  Booker said: “Fortunately, my symptoms are relatively mild. I’m beyond grateful to have received two doses of vaccine and, more recently, a booster — I’m certain that without them I would be doing much worse. I encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated and boosted.”

The two senators are among the thousands across the country that have tested positive amid a nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases due to the fast-spreading Omicron variant. The U.S. reported more than 80,000 cases and 250 additional deaths in the past 24 hours.  President Biden is expected to address Americans on Tuesday about the surge of the Omicron variant.

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