Attorney General Garland, Commerce Secretary Raimondo test positive for COVID

Both cabinet members plan on isolating for at least five days.

Updated: April 6, 2022 - 4:58pm

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Two members of President Joe Biden's cabinet, Attorney General Merrick Garland and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, announced Wednesday that they have tested positive for COVID-19 after they both attended an event over the weekend.

Garland, 69, is not experiencing any symptoms, according to a Department of Justice press release.

He plans on isolating at home for "at least five days" where he will work virtually until he tests negative, the DOJ stated.

The 50-year-old Raimondo is experiencing "mild symptoms," and the Commerce Department press release said "she is confident that the vaccine has prevented her from experiencing more significant symptoms."

Raimondo's office is "conducting contact tracing" and she plans on working from home and returning to the office after isolating for five days, the department stated.

It is unclear where the cabinet members were exposed to COVID, but they both attended the Gridiron Dinner for journalists and politicians over the weekend, USA Today reported. Other guests at the event have also tested positive.

Hours before announcing his COVID diagnosis, Attorney General Garland attended a briefing with other top DOJ officials, the outlet stated.

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