Mitt Romney says he’s tested positive for COVID-19


(CBS News)

Utah Senator Mitt Romney has tested positive for COVID-19, his office said in a statement Friday night. The 74-year-old Republican, who is fully vaccinated and healthy, has no symptoms.

The statement said Romney would be quarantining and working remotely until he was cleared to return. His wife is also fully vaccinated and boosted but so far the test result is negative.

Romney, along with dozens of other members of Congress, tested positive for the virus despite being fully vaccinated. In recent weeks, lawmakers including Virginia Senator Mark Warner and Congressman Raúl Grijalva of Arizona announced positive test results.

According to the CDC, although vaccination significantly reduces the risk of contracting COVID-19, breakthrough infections are still common. But research has shown that vaccines significantly reduce a person’s chances of being hospitalized or dying from the virus.

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