Cory Booker tests positive for COVID, he says

As new coronavirus cases spike due to the omicron variant, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker said Sunday that he tested positive for COVID-19.

Booker said in a statement that he took a test after he first had symptoms of the virus on Saturday.

“Fortunately, my symptoms are relatively mild,” Booker said. “I’m beyond grateful to have received two doses of vaccine and, more recently, a booster. I’m certain that without them I would be doing much worse. I encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated and boosted.”

The news follows the announcement earlier Sunday that U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren also tested positive for COVID-19. The Democrat from Massachusetts said she was experiencing mild symptoms, according to a statement posted Sunday evening.

Congress is out of session until January.

Booker’s announcement came as New Jersey announced a fourth consecutive day of more than 6,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday with 6,533 positive tests.

“The omicron variant is real,” Gov. Phil Murphy said on “Fox News Sunday.” “We’ve already been battling the delta variant. This is unrelenting. There’s an enormous amount of fatigue out there as it relates to this virus. By the way, I get it. I’ve got that same fatigue, but we’ve got to stay vigilant and we will stay vigilant.”

While Murphy refused to rule out more drastic actions, he acknowledged steps like another lockdown were unlikely.

“You have to leave it on the table, but I don’t see it,” he said on Fox. “Among other reasons, we have a very high degree of vaccinations. Folks are getting boosted, which clearly gives another layer of protection against this.

“For the time being at least we think that’s going to work for us.”

Earlier this year, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-12th Dist., tested positive for the coronavirus after she was whisked to a secret location during the Jan. 6 insurrection by supporters of Donald Trump. Several Republican lawmakers in the same room would not wear masks.

And Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-9th Dist., quarantined later in January after learning that a person he had come into contact with tested positive for COVID-19.

In October 2020, Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-11th Dist., quarantined after her child care provider tested positive for COVID-19, though she tested negative. She also was tested for the coronavirus in April 2020 after her husband, Jason Hedberg, tested positive for the virus. That test also was negative.

And two other New Jersey lawmakers, Reps Andy Kim, D-3rd Dist., and Josh Gottheimer, D-5th Dist., quarantined in 2020 after coming in close contact with people who later were found to have COVID-19. Both lawmakers tested negative.

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