Chuck Schumer tested positive for coronavirus
The Majority Leader was due to meet privately with Sen. Joe Manchin III (DW.Va.) this week to hammer out a spending deal that would lower health care costs and tackle climate change, according to two people familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the deliberations.
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Goodman said Schumer will self-isolate in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and work remotely. “Anyone who knows Chief Schumer knows that even though he is not physically on Capitol Hill, through virtual meetings and his flip phone, he will continue with his busy schedule and remain in near-constant contact with his colleagues,” did he declare.
Schumer joins a long list of federal government leaders who have tested positive for the coronavirus. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) tested positive in April, as did Vice President Harris. Last month, Anthony S. Fauci, the president’s chief medical adviser, also tested positive.
New coronavirus cases are on the rise in the United States this week, according to a Washington Post tracker, with about 100,000 new cases reported daily on average.
Experts say those numbers are likely an underestimate because many Americans have stopped testing regularly or are testing at home, where positive results are difficult to include in official counts.
The latest offshoot of the omicron variant, BA.5, has quickly become dominant in the United States and is driving a wave of cases across the country.
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BA.5 is adept at evading the human immune system. Antibodies from vaccines and previous infections offer limited protection against it. Eric Topol, a Scripps Research professor who tracks pandemic trends, wrote last month that it was “the worst version of the virus we’ve seen”.
Tony Romm and Joel Achenbach contributed to this report.