DHS Secretary tests positive for COVID-19 after meeting with President Biden

Mayorkas attended the 40th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service Saturday at the White House, alongside the president and first lady.

Updated: October 19, 2021 - 6:58pm

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The Department of Homeland Security confirmed Tuesday that Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has tested positive for COVID-19, despite being fully vaccinated.

According to the Washington Examiner, Mayorkas tested positive for the virus just days after meeting with President Joe Biden.

"Secretary Mayorkas is experiencing only mild congestion; he is fully vaccinated and will isolate and work at home per CDC protocols and medical advice. Contact tracing is underway," said DHS spokesperson Marsha Espinosa.

Mayorkas attended the 40th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service Saturday at the White House, alongside the president and first lady.

Despite being near Biden at the event, the White House on Tuesday said Mayorkas did not come in close contact with any principal White House staff. The White House noted that the event was outside. 

Mayorkas was previously scheduled to attend a conference alongside Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in Colombia and Ecuador, but the White House says he now will attend remotely.