January 17th – On January 16th, local time, Congressman Lou Correa, a Democrat from California, said that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus and would miss the inauguration of President-elect Biden.
“Yesterday (January 15), I tested positive for COVID-19 and I will responsibly self-quarantine at the recommended time, away from my family,” Corey Adam Day said, CNN reported on the 16th.
He also said that the diagnosis would make him miss the inauguration of President-elect Biden and Vice President Harris, but he looked forward to working with the new administration.
“Correa has no symptoms at the moment, feels good, and continues to work for voters,” said Andrew Sibetta, a spokeswoman for Correa.
Correa’s office said that Correa received the first dose of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine on December 19, 2020. The CDC explained that after vaccination, it “usually takes a few weeks” to establish immunity to the novel coronavirus.
A person may be infected before or after vaccination, and “and then become ill because the vaccine does not have enough time to provide protection”.
Correa is reported to be one of dozens of lawmakers who have contracted the novel coronavirus in recent months.
The move comes after three Democrats said they tested positive for COVID-19 after taking refuge with other members of Congress who did not wear masks during a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
Correa’s office confirmed that during the congressional riots, Correa did not take refuge in the designated safe area. According to the U.S. media release, Correa once hid behind a chair during the congressional riots.
CNN previously reported that after the riots in Congress, Trump supporters rashly accosted Correa at Dulles International Airport.