Representative Steny Hoyer, House Majority Leader, has been tested positive for COVID-19. He is currently experiencing mild symptoms. He said he was vaccinated, and that his immunity has been boosted.
The 82-year old Maryland resident said that he would work remotely this week and use proxy voting. This announcement was made just days after Mitt Romney, a fellow lawmaker, confirmed his positive test. In recent weeks, Virginia Senator Mark Warner and Raul Grijalva from Arizona as well as Representative Alexandria OcasioCortez announced positive results.
The chances of contracting COVID-19 are significantly lower if you have been vaccinated. However, breakthrough infections still occur, according to the CDC. Research has shown that vaccinations have a significant impact on the risk of a person being hospitalized or dying due to the virus.