Sen. Coons announces Covid test as Washington faces omicron surgery

Seven members of the Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks were also tested for the virus.


Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., Announced on Thursday that he had been tested for Covid-19 as a case of omicron flexibility in Congress and Biden officials.

Coons in a statement said "he has few symptoms so far and I hope to recover after separating myself from following the CDC guidelines."

"Like millions of other families, it looks like we will be reuniting with another holiday spent at Zoom and canceling travel or gathering programs," said Coons, who passed the test on Wednesday evening.

The White House said this week that President Joe Biden was close to a White House employee who was later diagnosed with HIV. Biden was tested for Covid on Wednesday, the White House said in an email to reporters.

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A Coons spokesman said he had never had Biden, a former Delaware MP, last week.

The omicron variant has surpassed the delta genre as the dominant variant of coronavirus, resulting in more than 73 percent of new cases in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Separately, seven senior and senior staff members accompanied by Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks on a home visit last week were tested for Covid, Pentagon correspondent John Kirby said in a statement.

The group visited Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Michigan, Northern Command and Space Command in Colorado, Indo-Pacific Command in Hawaii, Naval Base Coronado in California and Strategic Command in Nebraska, the Pentagon said in a statement.

The first test of the trip was back on Monday. Hicks and members of his immediate staff found out they did not have it, Kirby said.

A number of lawmakers have announced that they too have been tested positive for HIV in recent days. They include House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., And Reps. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., And Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., Announced their best exams Wednesday. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., And Cory Booker, D-N.J., And Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., Said separately on Sunday that they had been tested for the fast-growing wave.

CORRECTION (Dec. 23, 2021, 11:05 p.m. ET): An earlier version of this article misrepresents the first name of a House member from New York. He is Antonio Delgado, not Anthony.