Pressley says she has breakthrough case of COVID-19

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images)
Rep. Ayanna Pressley. (Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images)

U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley has tested positive for COVID-19.

Pressley, who represents the Massachusetts 7th district in Congress, said she received the positive results after experiencing symptoms.

"Thankfully, my symptoms are relatively mild, and I am grateful to be fully vaccinated and boosted," Pressley said in a statement released Friday afternoon. "I am currently isolating and following all health protocols in order to mitigate further spread and keep my loved ones and community safe."

Pressley isn't the only member of the Massachusetts delegation to come down with a breakthrough cases of the illness. Earlier this month, Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced she had tested positive for COVID-19. And U.S. Reps. Lori Trahan and Stephen Lynch both tested positive in January.

The Pressley announcement comes as a new wave of cases, fueled by the highly contagious omicron variant, pulses through the world. Massachusetts and the rest of New England have been particularly hard hit, despite having some of the highest vaccination rates in the country.

Roberto Scalese Senior Editor, Digital
Roberto Scalese is a senior editor for digital.



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