Chuck Schumer tests positive for COVID-19, will work remotely as Senate reconvenes this week
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend as the Senate prepares to reconvene this week.
In a statement on Sunday, Schumer’s spokesman Justin Goodman said the Senate is returning to work after a two-week break, but Schumer will remain in quarantine at least until the end of the week as he presents » very mild symptoms.
The top-ranked Democrat in the Legislature intends to work remotely while away from the chamber.
« As per CDC guidelines, Chief Schumer will be quarantined this week and working remotely, » Goodman said Sunday.
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“Anyone who knows Chief Schumer knows that even though he is not physically on Capitol Hill, through virtual meetings and his flip phone, he will continue with his busy schedule and remain in near-constant contact with his colleagues,” he added.
Schumer is fully vaccinated and has received multiple booster shots, the spokesperson said.
« As we do every week, we will be providing Senate calendar updates as the week progresses, » he continued.
Schumer’s recent schedule included participating in the New York City Pride Parade on June 26 and running in a primary election for New York Governor Kathy Hochul on June 28. He privately celebrated the July 4 holiday with his family.
Schumer won’t be the only senior Democrat missing from the Senate, as Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is staying home as he recovers from recent hip surgery.
Leahy was released from the hospital last week.
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The Senate is ideologically split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, but with two Democrats absent from the chamber, Republicans hold a temporary 50-48 advantage.
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Schumer’s positive test comes as the omicron variant of COVID-19, and in particular its BA.5 subvariant, has become a dominant strain across the country.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.