Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee and Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, Both Vaccinated, Test Positive for Coronavirus

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), who is fully vaccinated and had also gotten a booster shot, announced Tuesday that she received a positive COVID-19 test result this week. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) has tested positive for COVID-19, she said Tuesday in a statement.

Lee, who is fully vaccinated and had also gotten a booster shot, said she received her positive test result this week.

“Fortunately, I have only mild cold-like symptoms, but I know it could have been much worse had I not been vaccinated and boosted,” she said. “I am isolating and will follow all of the required health protocols to keep my loved ones, my staff, and my community safe.”

Lee is at least the fifth member of Congress this week to announce having tested positive for COVID-19. On Sunday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) disclosed their breakthrough cases, a term to describe people who test positive for the coronavirus despite being fully vaccinated. Each lawmaker said they had gotten a booster shot and that their symptoms were mild.

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.) has also tested positive, according to local media reports.

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SOURCE: LA Times, Nolan D. McCaskill