A White House official and a senior communications aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated, according to NBC News.
NBC reported that the California Democrat’s aide tested positive after coming in contact with members of the Texas Legislature last week.
The diagnoses follow five positive tests from Democratic members of the Texas House of Representatives who traveled to Washington, D.C. in the second week of July.
While in Washington, the Texas Democrats met with key officials, such as Vice President Kamala Harris, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Cory Booker of New Jersey, in an effort to push federal voting rights legislation.
The speaker's spokesman Drew Hammill said that the aide "has had no contact with the speaker since exposure," and that the press office is working remotely Tuesday.
Staff that had no exposure to the aide or who have recently tested negative were exempt from working remotely.
The Texas Tribune reported that San Antonio Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer was among the lawmakers who tested positive.
"Today, I received a positive COVID-19 rapid antigen test result. I am fully vaccinated, and had tested negative on Friday and Saturday. I am quarantining until I test negative, and I am grateful to be only experiencing extremely mild symptoms," he said in a statement. Fischer urged the public to get vaccinated.
The White House released the following statement on Tuesday:
"Yesterday, a fully vaccinated White House official tested positive for COVID-19 off campus. In accordance with our rigorous COVID-19 protocols, the official remains off campus as they wait for a confirmatory PCR test. The White House Medical Unit has conducted contact tracing interviews and determined no close contacts among White House principals and staff. The individual has mild symptoms.
We know that there will be breakthrough cases, but as this instance shows, cases in vaccinated individuals are typically mild. The White House is prepared for breakthrough cases with regular testing. This is another reminder of the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines against severe illness or hospitalization. We wish our colleague a speedy recovery."