Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., announced late Monday that he’s tested positive for Covid-19 – bringing the total number of lawmakers who’ve tested positive in recent days to 11.
Rush, 75, said in a pair of tweets that he’s fully vaccinated and has not had any symptoms.
“Today, after being notified of a recent exposure, I tested positive with a breakthrough case of COVID-19. Fortunately, I am fully vaccinated and recently received my booster shot. I am feeling fine,” he said.
Rush said he’s following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and will be quarantining.
Rush is one of almost a dozen lawmakers to announce they’ve tested positive since Dec. 18, when Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., said he’d tested positive and was experiencing mild, flu-like symptoms. Rush’s announcement brings the number of congressmen and women who say they’ve tested positive to eight, while three senators have also tested positive.
All of the lawmakers who’ve come forward have said they are vaccinated, and have been experiencing mild or no symptoms. The spike among Congress has come as there has been a surge in cases in Washington, D.C. and other areas of the country thanks to the omicron variant of the virus that’s killed over 800,000 people nationwide.
Hospitalizations around the nation have risen 39 percent from Nov. 1 to last week, according to an NBC News analysis of data from the Department of Health and Human Services.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday that data shows healthy vaccinated people, especially those who’ve gotten booster shots, appear unlikely to develop severe infections from omicron.
Dareh Gregorian is a politics reporter for NBC News.