House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) received some troubling news last week when she tested positive for COVID-19.
However, things are looking up for the 82-year-old lawmaker’s health, as The Hill reported on Monday that a more recent test came back negative.
Pelosi thanks supporters
Pelosi herself broke the good news in a tweet, saying that the Capitol’s attending physician had given her a green-light to return to work.
Today, happily I tested negative for COVID. Tomorrow, I will be exiting isolation at the direction of the Capitol’s Attending Physician and consistent with CDC guidelines for asymptomatic individuals. Many thanks to everyone for their good wishes, chocolates and chicken soup.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) April 11, 2022
The Hill noted that Pelosi’s bout with COVID was just one of a number of cases to strike high-profile political figures last week. That wave appears to have originated at the exclusive Gridiron Dinner held on April 3, with the Washington Post reporting on Saturday that over 10% of attendees have since contracted the virus.
Such figures include Democrats Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo, Attorney General Merrick Garland, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack along with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA).
Also falling ill was Vice President Kamala Harris’ communications director Jamal Simmons, and first lady Jill Biden’s spokesman Michael LaRosa.
NYC mayor tests positive
Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) announced that he too had tested positive for COVID, news that the Democratic politician addressed on Twitter.
“I’ve tested positive for #COVID19 and am following my doctors orders by isolating,” Adam explained, adding, “Thankfully, I’m vaccinated and boosted so symptoms are minimal. I’ll work remotely and I know we’ve got the best team in the country at work at City Hall.”
Fabien Levy serves as Adam’s press secretary, and he also released a statement on Sunday regarding the mayor’s condition.
“At this time, the mayor has no other symptoms, but he is already isolating and will be canceling all public events for the remainder of the week,” Levy continued.
He went on to say that the mayor “is also going to immediately begin taking the anti-viral medications offered for free to New York City residents and encourages all New Yorkers eligible for these medications to take them as well.”