WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama tested positive for COVID-19, the former president announced on Sunday.
“I just tested positive for COVID. I’ve had a scratchy throat for a couple days, but am feeling fine otherwise. Michelle and I are grateful to be vaccinated and boosted, and she has tested negative,” Obama wrote on Twitter.
“It’s a reminder to get vaccinated if you haven’t already, even as cases go down,” the former president urged.
Obama has been a strong proponent of vaccines since they’ve become available. He has also been a strong proponent of public health measures like masking and social distancing meant to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Obama is among a number of high-profile politicians who have contracted the virus at some point throughout the pandemic. Nearly 200 members of Congress have caught the disease, according to GovTrack, a public accountability project.