U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids tests positive for COVID-19 despite vaccination, has mild symptoms

Andrew Bahl
Topeka Capital-Journal
U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Kan., has tested positive for COVID-19, despite being vaccinated against the virus, her office confirmed Friday.

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Kan., has tested positive for COVID-19, despite being vaccinated against the virus, her office confirmed Friday.

In a statement, Davids said she had only mild symptoms and is isolating at home, where she was already recovering from outpatient surgery.

“Earlier today, I received a positive COVID-19 PCR test result," Davids said. "My symptoms are mild, and per CDC and House Attending Physician Guidance I am continuing to isolate at home, where I have been since an unrelated outpatient parathyroid surgery. I have followed CDC recommended precautions throughout this pandemic, including masking indoors in areas of high or substantial transmission."

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Davids is the latest lawmaker to experience a breakthrough case of COVID-19, or an infection after being vaccinated. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said earlier this week that he had been infected with the virus and multiple U.S. House members have also confirmed cases in recent days.

U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner, R-Kan., tested positive for the virus in January, shortly after a vote on certifying the 2020 presidential election. Overall, 71 lawmakers have tested positive for COVID-19 or have displayed symptoms, according to a federal database tracking congressional actions.

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Davids said she is "incredibly grateful for the vaccine and the protection that it offers" and urged Kansans to get the shot if they haven't already done so.

Cases linked to the delta variant have fueled a rise in COVID-19 infections in Kansas and many states in the region. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported a rise of 2,177 cases and 13 deaths since Wednesday, as well as 85 new hospitalizations in that time period