Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who is vaccinated against COVID-19, has tested positive for the virus Tuesday.
“Secretary Mayorkas tested positive this morning for the COVID-19 virus after taking a test as part of routine pre-travel protocols,” Espinosa said. “Secretary Mayorkas is experiencing only mild congestion; he is fully vaccinated and will isolate and work at home per CDC protocols and medical advice. Contact tracing is underway.”
Mayorkas joined President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden and other high-ranking officials at the annual National Police Officers’ Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol. In photos from the event, Mayorkas could be seen standing just feet from Biden while they were both unmasked.
Earlier on Tuesday, Mayorkas spoke at the Eradicate Hate Global Summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mayorkas was also scheduled to travel to Colombia with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, but will now work from home instead.
A vaccinated senior aide for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) experienced a breakthrough COVID case in July. A vaccinated White House aide also reportedly tested positive during the same time period in July.