Second gentleman Doug Emhoff has tested positive for Covid, the White House revealed on Tuesday.
“Second gentleman Doug Emhoff has tested positive for COVID-19. Vice President Kamala Harris tested negative, but is curtailing her schedule as a result of her husband’s positive test, according to The White House,” AP News Tweeted.
In a recent statement, the vice president’s Deputy Press Secretary, Sabrina Singh, broke the news saying, “Earlier today, the Second Gentleman tested positive for COVID-19.”
“Out of an abundance of caution, the Vice President will not participate in tonight’s event [on Equal Pay Day]. The Vice President tested negative for COVID-19 today and will continue to test,” she added.
Meanwhile, Emhoff, 57, took to social media to update everyone about his condition, saying he has ‘mild symptoms’.
During the Equal Pay Day, March 15, 2022 – an annual event where Kamala Harris and her husband Emhoff were expected to appear, Joe Biden referenced their absence due to Emhoff’s Covid condition.
“One person I am particularly proud of is was going to be introducing me is Kamala Harris,” said the president. “Kamala chose not to take a chance since her husband had contracted COVID, although he’s feeling very well I’m told. By the way, when he tested, he’s fine, but out of an abundance of caution, she decided she wasn’t going to join us today.”
“But let’s send her our love, because she’s something else. And I know how proud she is of our team,” Biden added.
President Joe Biden will not be tested again despite being a possible carrier of the Covid virus as the White House said it “isn’t required by COVID protocols.”
According to the White House’s reporting, Joe Biden was last tested for Covid on Sunday, and the result came negative.
Earlier on Tuesday, Doug Emhoff attended a public event, AmeriCorps Week, and visited the Marvin Gaye Greening Center. He took part in several projects and had a brief conversation with the press at the event.
Previously, Doug Emhoff as a second gentleman, had visited several vaccination clinics to promote booster shots throughout the country. Himself and VP Harris had already gotten their booster shots before he began the tour.
While sharing his diagnosis on social media, Emhoff said, he is “grateful to be both vaccinated and boosted”. In his message, he urged other citizens who have not received their booster shots, saying, “please don’t wait.”