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Attorney General Garland and Commerce Secretary Raimondo test positive for COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be quarantined at home for five days, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.

Garland is the second Cabinet official to announce a positive test result on Wednesday. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo also tested positive for the virus using a home antigen test.

The Justice Department announcement comes hours after Garland held a press conference in Washington, alongside the assistant attorney general, the FBI director and other Justice Department officials.

The Justice Department said Garland asked to be tested “after learning he may have been exposed to the virus.” Officials say he has no symptoms, is fully vaccinated and has received a booster.

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The Justice Department said Garland will self-isolate at home for at least five days and work remotely. The department said it will also conduct contact tracing in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Raimondo’s office said she was experiencing “mild symptoms” and was sharing the news “out of abundance of transparency.”

Both Garland and Raimondo attended the annual Gridiron Club dinner in Washington last weekend. The virus is beginning to surge in the nation’s capital, hitting not only Cabinet officials, but also members of Congress, White House staffers and members of the media.

Representatives Adam Schiff, D-California, and Joaquin Castro, a Democrat from Texas, also announced that they had tested positive for the virus. Both had attended the dinner.

Other members of Congress, including Representatives Katherine Clark of Massachusetts and Scott Peters of California, both Democrats, also said they tested positive.


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