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Pelosi says tested negative for COVID but isolating, after office said Thursday speaker had virus

The Speaker of the House tested positive for the virus last Thursday

Published: April 12, 2022 7:46am

Updated: April 12, 2022 11:49am

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she tested negative for COVID-19 and will leave isolation on Tuesday.

The California Democrat made the announcement Monday on Twitter.

Pelosi's office said Thursday that she had tested positive, disrupting several scheduled events, including a congressional delegation trip to Asia that she was slated to lead this past weekend. 

Pelosi became one a number of high-profile politicians to test positive for the virus in recent days. Other include New York City Mayor Eric Adams, Attorney General Merrick Garland, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, and fellow California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff. 

The speaker says she is departing isolation with consideration for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance that says individuals who test positive for remain asymptomatic can leave isolation after five days.

Some major U.S. cities – including Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. – are reporting an increase in COVID cases, though hospitalization numbers are still trending downward. 

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