Members of the Texas Democratic Party “fleeing” from the state to Washington DC will no longer continue to publish the daily number of members infected with the Wuhan virus. The move comes after the sixth member of the Texas Democratic congressional delegation on July 19 tested positive for COVID-19.
As NBC News reported, Texas House Democratic spokeswoman Cara Santucci said last week that the Texas Democratic congressional delegation would be performing daily rapid COVID-19 testing for members and staff of the Texas House of Representatives. They are in Washington DC. But in a statement on Monday (July 19), Ms. Santucci said this congressional delegation would no longer announce the number of new daily infections.
The move comes after the sixth member of the Texas Democratic congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday (July 19).
Representative Donna Howard tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday (July 19) and on Tuesday (July 20) she wrote on Facebook that, “Despite following CDC guidelines and Fully vaccinated, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday [July 19].” Ms. Howard added that she had almost no symptoms, except for some mild congestion.
In related developments, according to Axios newspaper reported on July 20, a staff member of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also tested positive for corona virus after meeting with Texas Democrats. In addition, at least one White House official has also contracted COVID-19 after coming into contact with the above staff member of Ms. Pelosi.
Vice President Kamala Harris is said to have tested negative for coronavirus after she met with the Texas Democratic congressional delegation last week.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki in her daily press conference on July 20 confirmed at least one more White House official has tested positive for COVID-19. The White House did not release the official’s identity.
Psaki also declined to call the Texas Democratic congressman’s trip to Washington DC a “super-spreader” of the coronavirus.