Sen. Lindsey Graham tests positive for COVID-19

WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Monday that he will quarantine for 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19.

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In a social media post, Graham said he went to the doctor earlier Monday after he started to experience “flu-like symptoms” on Saturday night.

“I was just notified by the House physician (that) I have tested positive for (COVID-19) even after being vaccinated,” he wrote Monday, indicating that his infection was a breakthrough case. “I feel like I have a sinus infection and at present time have mild symptoms.”

He added that he was “very glad” to have been vaccinated.

“(W)ithout vaccination I am certain I would not feel as well as I do now,” he wrote. “my symptoms would be far worse.”

It was not immediately clear whether any other members of the U.S. Congress were exposed to the viral infection.

Last month, Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19. He had been fully vaccinated. An unidentified White House official and an aide for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also tested positive for the viral infection last month despite being vaccinated.

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In a report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control, health officials noted that the delta variant of COVID-19 can be caught and spread by vaccinated people. However, health officials have emphasized that vaccines protect well against serious and life-threatening COVID-19 cases.

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As of Monday morning, about 50% of Americans, or 164.9 million people, have been fully vaccinated, according to the CDC. Since the start of the pandemic, officials have confirmed more than 35 million infections and reported more than 613,000 deaths nationwide, according to numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

More than 198.6 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide, resulting in 4.2 million deaths, according to Johns Hopkins.

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