Portman tests positive for COVID


By Erik Martin

CINCINNATI — In a press release issued Tuesday morning, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced he has tested positive for COVID-19.

“In preparation for returning to Washington, D.C., I took an at-home COVID test last night and it was positive,” said Portman. “I am asymptomatic and feel fine. I have been in contact with the Attending Physician and my personal doctor. I am following their medical advice and following CDC guidelines and isolating for the recommended five days.”

He further noted, “I will work remotely from home this week, but will not be able to be in Washington, D.C. for votes.”

A spokesperson from Portman’s office confirmed the senator is “fully vaccinated and boosted.”

Portman is not alone. Many high profile members of Congress and the Biden administration have tested positive for COVID recently, including Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Minn.), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Sen. Chris Coons (D-Ct.), and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

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