Martin J. Walsh, Labor Secretary, Tested Positive for Coronavirus
Labor Secretary Martin J. Walsh and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland are the newest members of President Biden’s cupboard to be contaminated with the coronavirus.
Mr. Walsh said Tuesday on Twitter that he had examined constructive that day, and added that he was experiencing solely delicate signs. “I’m grateful to be both vaccinated and boosted,” he wrote.
He mentioned he was isolating himself and following guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “I look forward to a quick recovery,” he wrote.
Mr. Biden was not thought of a detailed contact of both Mr. Walsh or Ms. Haaland below C.D.C. tips, a White House spokesman mentioned Wednesday.
An individual is taken into account a detailed contact once they have been lower than six toes away from an contaminated particular person for a complete of a minimum of quarter-hour over a 24-hour interval, according to the C.D.C.
Mr. Walsh had not been round Mr. Biden previously week, a Labor Department spokeswoman mentioned Wednesday. It was not clear whether or not Mr. Walsh, 55, had gotten a second booster dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
Later Wednesday, Ms. Haaland said on Twitter that she had additionally examined constructive.
“I feel fine and am grateful to be fully vaccinated and twice boosted,” she mentioned. “I hope everyone stays current on their vaccinations so that, if they are exposed, they too will have milder symptoms.”
Several folks in Mr. Biden’s interior circle have examined constructive for the virus previously month, together with Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, and Susan Rice, the White House home coverage adviser. Mr. Biden’s daughter, Ashley Biden, additionally grew to become contaminated in mid-May.