Coronavirus: Sen. Mitt Romney tests positive for COVID-19

Sen. Mitt Romney tested positive Friday for COVID-19, according to a statement released by his office.

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Officials said the Utah Republican and his wife, who has tested negative for the viral infection, are fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.

“(Romney) is currently asymptomatic and will be isolating and working remotely for the recommended period of time,” according to the statement.

Since the start of the pandemic, several lawmakers have tested positive for COVID-19, including Reps. Paul Grijalva, D-Ariz.; 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.

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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 Friday morning, more than 75% of the U.S. population – 249.4 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. Nearly 64% of Americans, or 211.3 million people, have been fully vaccinated, and over 41% of those who have been fully vaccinated have gotten booster shots, CDC data shows.

Officials have confirmed more than 74 million COVID-19 infections and reported over 882,000 deaths nationwide, according to numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

More than 369.3 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide, resulting in 5.6 million deaths, according to the university.