Sen. Chris Coons tests positive for COVID-19

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United States Senator Chris Coons, D-Delaware.

Sen. Chris Coons has tested positive for COVID-19.

Coons is the tenth member of Congress to test positive for the virus this week.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey recently announced that they too have tested positive. Joining them are Reps. Jan Schakowsky, Jim Clyburn, Jason Crow, Barbara Lee, Matt Cartwright, Antonio Delgado and Nicole Malliotaki. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan also tested positive this week.

In a press release from his office, Coons said he is tested regularly for COVID-19 with both rapid tests and PCR tests.

“I have minimal symptoms so far and am optimistic I will recover well after isolating and following CDC guidelines,” Coons said. “Like millions of other families, it seems we’ll also be wrestling with another holiday spent on Zoom and canceled plans for travel or gathering.”

He said the sharp rise in omicron variant cases is just another reason for Delawareans to get tested regularly, get vaccinated and get boosted.

“We all must continue to do our part to fight this pandemic and keep each other healthy,” Coons said.

Around 62 percent of eligible Delawareans are fully vaccinated while around 20 percent have received a booster shot.

As of Tuesday, 392 Delawareans were hospitalized as a result of COVID-19.

Delaware’s seven-day average for new cases is around 734.

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