Three Texas House Democrats who fled the state this week to protest a bill tested positive for COVID-19 in Washington DC.
According to the Austin American-Statesman, one member learned of their positive test result late last night, and two additional members found out this Saturday morning. All three members used a rapid test and are now double-checking with a PCR Coronavirus test kit, as the latter is seen as more accurate.
It's noted most of the "nearly 60 lawmakers" in this group are staying at the same hotel.
Rep. Donna Howard ensured the outlet that the group were all following CDC guidelines during their DC trip. “The good news is that you shouldn't have much of a problem, even if you test positive, if you're vaccinated. It also reminds us why it's so critically important that everyone gets the vaccination.”
While only one member of the trio is showing (mild) symptoms, all three are to isolate for the next ten days. A requirement for travel for all Texas House Democrats was to get their vaccine, and to acquire COVID after being vaccinated is said to be “rare but possible.”
On Friday the CDC director called the situation in America a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” and in that meeting it was said a majority of the cases right now in the United States impacted unvaccinated people.
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Chris Turner issued a statement assuring proper protocols were being followed. “This is a sober reminder that COVID is still with us, and though vaccinations offer tremendous protection, we still must take necessary precautions.”