The Supreme Court revealed Friday that Justice Brett Kavanaugh tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday night, three days before the court is set to begin its first in-person hearings in 19 months.
The justice, 56, is fully vaccinated against the virus, as have all other members of the high court. He is currently experiencing no symptoms and his wife and family have tested negative.
The court said Kavanaugh had tested negative as recently as Monday morning.
The justices were all tested Thursday evening ahead of the formal investiture ceremony for Justice Amy Coney Barrett, which was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Kavanaugh and his wife skipped out on the Friday morning ceremony.
The court’s statement did not say whether Kavanaugh’s positive test would affect the new term that begins Monday. The nine justices were set to hear oral arguments in person for the first time in 19 months since Covid-19 forced them to be held virtually.
Kavanaugh is the third-youngest justice of the court which has members up to age of 83 with Stephen Breyer. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito are both in their 70s.
Only Justice Amy Coney Barrett, 49, has been known to contract the virus. Last summer she recovered after mild symptoms.
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Source: Daily Mail