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Judge Kavanaugh tested positive for Covid-19

“As a precaution” after his test results, Kavanaugh and his wife will not attend Barrett’s investiture ceremony, the court said – which was scheduled to take place in a special court sitting in the courtroom. hearing Friday morning.

Attendance at Barrett’s investiture ceremony is by invitation only, although the event will feature joint media coverage.

All of the court’s judges, including Kavanaugh, have already tested negative for Covid-19 on Monday morning ahead of the conference, the court said.

The news of Kavanaugh’s positive test results comes after the court announced earlier this month that he would resume pleading in person when he returns for his fall term in October.

The court made history last May when, due to the dangers posed by the pandemic, it used a conference call to hear lawyers’ arguments on an ongoing case and broadcast its proceedings live.

A court spokesperson did not immediately respond to whether Kavanaugh intended to be present for arguments scheduled for Monday, which are expected to be the first in-person arguments in more than 18 months.

Five of the court’s nine judges are over 65, which generally puts them at a higher risk of serious complications or death from Covid-19, according to the CDC.

Josh Gerstein contributed to this report.

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