White House and Pelosi Staffers Test Positive for COVID-19

July 20, 2021

kana Ruhalter

Staffers at the White House and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)’s office have tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday, according to a new report from The Hill. Officials say both staffers have not recently had close contact with President Biden and Speaker Pelosi. 

The two positive tests come during a massive spike in coronavirus cases across the country as the Delta variant continues to wreak havoc on progress made in the last few months. 

In a statement to reporters, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed no additional positive tests among White House workers. She continued to tout the vaccine’s efficacy as the rate of vaccines administered daily has been dropping increasingly. 

"The news today is that while breakthrough cases will happen, the vaccines are effective and prevent serious illness and death," Psaki said. She added that protocols currently placed will continue to be followed and that those close to the President have been, and will continue to be, tested regularly. 

Biden, 78, received his first shot in December and was fully vaccinated in January. 

The deputy chief of staff for Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Drew Hammill, said a senior aide in the Speaker’s office tested positive for the virus. 

"The entire Press Office is working remotely today with the exception of individuals who have had no exposure to the individual or have had a recent negative test," said Hammill.  "Our office will continue to follow the guidance of the Office of Attending Physician closely." 

The news comes a week after the aides, at a rooftop event at Hotel Eaton, met with Texas Democrats, who fled to Washington to avoid a vote on a heavily restrictive voting rights bill in their state.