January 29, 2023

3 Texas House Democrats test positive for Govt-19 in Washington DC

Lawmakers as part of a group that left Texas, Flying from Austin to Washington To break the quorum of the state legislature and prevent the passage of the Republicans Prohibited new voting law. The Caucasus says all three members who tested positive are fully vaccinated. They were not identified in Saturday’s report.

One member tested positive on Friday night, prompting all Caucasus members and staff for a quick Govt-19 test. On Saturday, two more members tested positive with rapid tests.

Austin American-Statesman First announced In the positive tests of lawmakers.

Texas House Democratic Caucus President Chris Turner said in the statement that his team was following US disease control and prevention guidelines and protocols and was contacting public health professionals in Texas for further guidance.

“This is a sobering reminder that COVID is still with us, and even though vaccines offer tremendous protection, we still need to take the necessary precautions,” he said.

People who have been exposed to Covit-19 but have not been vaccinated say they do not need to be isolated or tested for further exposure to the virus. Current CDC guidance, If they do not have a correctional or detention facility or homeless shelter.
While in Washington this week, members of the Texas House Democratic Caucus met with Vice President Kamala Harris, as well. Members of Congress, Including West Virginia Sen. Joe Mancin.

CNN has approached the Texas House Democratic Caucasus on whether members who tested positive were involved in those meetings.

Texas State Representative James Talarigo told CNN’s Jim Acosta on Saturday that he and his colleagues on the Texas delegation knew the trip to Washington would be “a little risky.”

“Because it has a healthy epidemic, many of our members are over 65, but they chose to travel because it’s bigger than a politician. It’s bigger than you or me,” Talariko said in their fight to secure access to the ballot box. “It’s about the American experiment, and it’s about whether future generations will survive.”

The story was updated Saturday with additional details.