Mitt Romney in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 – CBS Boston

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – U.S. Senator Mitt Romney tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday and “will be quarantining and working remotely for the recommended length of time,” according to a statement from the office. his room.

Republican of Utah is fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 and is not showing any symptoms, the statement said. His wife, Ann, tested negative for the virus.

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The senator’s office did not provide further details.

Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee for president and a former Massachusetts governor, is among a group of other congressional lawmakers who have contracted the virus recently, including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, House of Representatives Ayanna Pressley and Senator Elizabeth Warren. .

Earlier this month, Romney criticized the administration of President Joe Biden for what he saw as a failure to increase the availability of testing before the omicron variant, According to Deseret News.

“I think, unfortunately, the administration was wrong in not building testing capacity at a time when we all thought COVID was going to go away,” he said at a Senate hearing.

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During that same hearing, Romney said it would be helpful for people to know when they should get tested for coronavirus, noting the lack of test kits available.

“Because I think a lot of individuals, myself included, go for testing when there’s no indication that I need to be tested, other than just wanting to make sure I’m not sick. The demand for the tests is in huge shortfall, partly because of that,” he said.

Romney tested positive for omicrons, the coronavirus variant that is highly contagious across the country, which is driving the daily death toll in the US higher than last fall’s delta wave.

The seven-day daily new COVID-19 death rate has been increasing since mid-November, reaching 2,267 on Thursday and surpassing the September high of 2,100 when delta was the dominant variant.

Researchers agree that Omicron symptoms are usually milder, and some infected people have no symptoms at all. But like the flu, it can be deadly, especially for people who are older, have other health problems or who have not been vaccinated.

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