AOC joins three other reps in testing positive for Covid-19

Washington DC – New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced on Sunday she had tested positive for Covid-19.

AOC announced on Sunday that she has tested positive for Covid-19.
AOC announced on Sunday that she has tested positive for Covid-19.  © IMAGO / ZUMA Press

Her office released a statement, reading, "Representative Ocasio-Cortez has received a positive test result for COVID-19. She is experiencing symptoms and recovering at home."

"The Congresswoman received her booster shot this Fall, and encourages everyone to get their booster and follow all CDC guidance."

The news comes as the highly contagious Omicron variant surges across the country.

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Johns Hopkins University reported that the seven-day average for new infections nationwide was over 700,000 for the first time this weekend.

Vaccinations and booster shots make the symptoms much less severe in breakthrough cases and generally protect against hospitalizations.

Three other representatives, Jim Cooper of Tennessee, Sean Casten of Illinois, and Young Kim of California, shared their positive results just one day prior to AOC's announcement.

"Thankfully I only have mild symptoms because I have been vaccinated and received my booster," Cooper wrote on Twitter. Casten and Kim also confirmed they were only experiencing mild symptoms at worst and urged Americans to get boosted.

As of Monday, 62.5% of the population has had at least two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. According to Our World in Data, over 75 million booster shots have been administered so far.

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