Rep. Raul Grijalva said Thursday that he is experiencing mild symptoms of COVID-19 one day after testing positive for the viral infection.
In a statement posted on social media, the Arizona Democrat said he remained in “good spirits” and that he has been fully vaccinated and had previously received a booster shot.
“I urge Arizonans to get their vaccinations, booster shots and wear N95 masks or equivalent,” he said. “We all have a role to play to protect our loved ones from COVID-19 and the risk of hospitalization, especially while Arizona is experiencing this surge.”
Public health officials have urged people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, noting that while the available vaccines do not entirely mitigate the risk of developing the viral infection, they protect well against severe illness caused by the virus.
Since the start of the pandemic, several lawmakers have tested positive for COVID-19, including Reps. Sean Maloney, D-N.Y.; Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md.; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.; James Clyburn, D-S.C.; Jason Crow, D-Colo.; Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.; Tim Ryan, D-Ohio; Vern Buchanan, R-Fla.; and Joe Morelle, D-N.Y.
Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Chris Coons, D-Del.; Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; Cory Booker, D-N.J.; John Hickenlooper, D-Colo.; Roger Wicker, R-Miss.; Angus King, I-Maine; and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., have also reported infections.
As of Thursday morning, more than 75% of the U.S. population – 249.7 million people – has gotten at least one dose of any of the available COVID-19 vaccines, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 63% of Americans, or 209.5 million people, have been fully vaccinated, and over 39% of those who have been fully vaccinated have gotten booster shots, CDC data shows.
Officials have confirmed nearly 68.5 million COVID-19 infections and reported more than 857,000 deaths nationwide, according to numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Over 338.3 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide, resulting in 5.5 million deaths, according to the university.
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