Apr 27, 2022

Kamala Harris tests positive for COVID-19

Vice President Kamala Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, the latest White House official to test positive for the virus.

"Today I tested positive for COVID-19. I have no symptoms, and I will continue to isolate and follow CDC guidelines," Harris wrote in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon. "I’m grateful to be both vaccinated and boosted."

Harris is not exhibiting symptoms and has not been a close contact to President Joe Biden or first lady Jill Biden, said Kirsten Allen, press secretary to the vice president, in a statement.

"She has exhibited no symptoms, will isolate and continue to work from the vice president’s residence," Allen said in the statement. "She will follow CDC guidelines and the advice of her physicians."

Allen added that Harris would return to the White House when she tests negative. Harris is fully vaccinated and doubly boosted. Allen tweeted Tuesday evening that after consultation with her physicians, Harris was prescribed and has taken Paxlovid, an antiviral drug to treat COVID-19. Paxlovid has been shown to be effective at keeping high-risk COVID-19 patients out of the hospital.

Harris was tested Tuesday morning in her West Wing office as part of her regular testing cadence, her office said. This is the first time Harris has received a positive result.

Harris did not participate in any meetings or events at the White House this morning, her office said.

Biden called Harris Tuesday afternoon, the White House said. Biden wanted to check in and make sure she has everything she needs as she quarantines at home, according to the White House.