Three Democratic members of the Texas House of Representatives who traveled to Washington, DC, this week tested positive for COVID-19, the Democratic Caucus of the Texas House of Representatives. saying Saturday.
The trio, who have not been identified, were fully vaccinated, the caucus said. They were among more than 50 Democratic lawmakers who fled Texas to the nation’s capital on July 12 to break the quorum in an effort to block a Republican-backed ballot bill.
Some were criticized on social media for appearing without a mask on a private jet en route to DC Under federal guidelines, masks are still a requirement on commercial flights, but not on private jets.
The Texas House of Representatives Democratic Caucus said one of its members tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday and that the person was asymptomatic. Rapid tests were then administered to all members, most of whom have reportedly stayed at the same DC hotel.
Two lawmakers tested positive Saturday, the caucus said. One of them has mild symptoms, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
The caucus chairman, Rep. Chris Turner, said in a statement that the group of lawmakers was following “everyone [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] orientation and protocols “.
“This is a sober reminder that COVID is still with us, and while vaccines offer tremendous protection, we still need to take the necessary precautions,” Turner said. “We are in contact with public health experts in Texas to provide additional guidance. Our group will follow all recommendations from public health experts as we continue our work. “
While the World Health Organization has urged everyone, including those who have been fully vaccinated, to continue wearing masks and practicing social distancing Due to the continued spread of the delta variant, the CDC has said that fully vaccinated people can “resume their activities without wearing a mask or without physically distancing themselves.”
The CDC has also warned that “most fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to self-quarantine, they are restricted from work., or get tested after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, as their risk of infection is low. ”
Current research suggests that while COVID-19 infections are still possible in vaccinated people, the risk of severe symptoms is greatly reduced after vaccination.
What the Associated Press notedSome Texas House Democrats met with Vice President Kamala Harris earlier this week, but it was not immediately known if the three people who tested positive for COVID-19 were among them.
Earlier this month, California said it was reinstating a mask mandate for all legislators and staff at the state capitol, regardless of their vaccination status, following an outbreak of COVID-19 cases there.
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