Vice President Kamala Harris visited Walter Reed Hospital on Saturday in what was described as a “routine” doctor’s appointment, just a few days after coming into contact with the fleeing Texas state Democrats — three of whom have tested positive for COVID-19, PJ Media reported.
Rumors quickly spread with regard to the hospital visit as Harris had recently met with Texas Dems who had fled the state for Washington, D.C. in an effort to avoid a vote on election reform. Three of the Dem lawmakers later tested positive for COVID-19, with many calling them out for failing to wear masks on their private plane trips out of the state.
“Based on the timeline of these positive tests, it was determined the Vice President and her staff present at the meeting were not at risk of exposure because they were not in close contact with those who tested positive and therefore do not need to be tested or quarantined,” Harris spokesperson Symone Sanders said in a statement, according to Fox News.
The vice president was criticized for possibly coming into contact with sick troops and veterans given the possibility that she contracted COVID-19 from the Texas Democrats.
CDC guidelines followed
According to Caucus Chairman Chris Turner in the report, “The House Democratic Caucus is following all CDC guidance and protocols.”
He added: “This is a sober reminder that COVID is still with us, and though vaccinations offer tremendous protection, we still must take necessary precautions.”
The Texas Democrats were all fully vaccinated when they reported positive for COVID-19. They now must be in 10 days of quarantine following the test results.
This Delta variant is no joke. Get vaccinated.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) July 18, 2021
“Let this be a reminder”
According to Politico, Texas state Rep. Celia Israel (D) said she tested positive for COVID-19.
“It just feels like I have a cold,” she said in a phone interview with Politico. Israel added that she was fully vaccinated, and because of the test, will be isolated in her hotel room for at least the next 10 days.
“Let this be a reminder that COVID-19 is still very much among us, with infection rates on the rise and more contagious variants spreading nationwide,” Israel’s statement read.
Harris’ hospital visit might be routine, but the timing certainly raises fair questions. In addition, not much has been mentioned in the mainstream press regarding her visit, leaving Americans to speculate the nature of her so-called “routine” visit to the doc.