Three US Senators, all vaccinated, test positive for COVID-19
- Sen. Angus King is a cancer survivor
- Sen. Wicker had been experiencing "mild symptoms"
- Earlier this week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tested positive for COVID
Three United States Senators announced on Thursday that they have tested positive for COVID-19. The lawmakers, who have all been vaccinated against the disease, include Roger Wicker from Mississippi, John Hickenlooper from Colorado and Angus King from Maine.
King, who is an independent lawmaker, is 77 years old and a prostate cancer survivor, according to reports from the Washington Post.
In his statement released on Thursday, King tried to push for America's inoculation drive against the spread of COVID-19. He noted that even though he was "not feeling great", getting vaccinated against the disease helped his case.
He added, "I am taking this diagnosis very seriously, quarantining myself at home and telling the few people I have been in contact with to get tested in order to limit any further spread", according to reports from the Washington Post.
Hickenlooper, who is a member of the Democratic party and represents the state of Colorado in the upper house of United States legislative systems, said that he had been isolating, as instructed by his doctor, after testing positive for COVID-19.
On the other hand, Wicker, who is a member of the Republican party, has been experiencing "mild symptoms" and is being treated by his Tupelo-based physician, according to the lawmaker's spokesperson.
The spokesperson said on Thursday, "Senator Wicker tested positive this morning for the COVID-19 virus after immediately seeking a test due to mild symptoms." The statement further clarified that Wicker "is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, is in good health, and is being treated by his Tupelo-based physician. He is isolating, and everyone with whom Senator Wicker has come in close contact recently has been notified", according to reports from Associated Press.
Earlier this week Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, tested positive for COVID-19, according to statements from the governor's office. Abbott, who is a member of the Republican party, is known to push back on federal recommendations about mandating protocols to combat the rise of COVID-19 and its Delta variant.