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Nancy Pelosi tests positive for Covid, but is asymptomatic

Nancy Pelosi, the 82-year-old speaker of the House, has tested positive for Covid-19 but is asymptomatic, her spokesman said Thursday.

“After testing negative this week, Speaker Pelosi received a positive test result for Covid-19 and is currently asymptomatic. The Speaker is fully vaccinated and boosted, and is thankful for the robust protection the vaccine has provided,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said of the California Democrat in a pair of tweets. 

“The Speaker will quarantine consistent with CDC guidance, and encourages everyone to get vaccinated, boosted and test regularly,” Hammill said.

Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi
US President Joe Biden embraces Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi during a ceremony on the Affordable Care Act in the White House in Washington, D.C. on Apr. 5, 2022.Shawn Thew / EPA

Pelosi was on stage with President Joe Biden during an event at the White House on Tuesday and was with the president at a bill signing Wednesday night.

Pelosi’s positive test was announced shortly after Valerie Biden Owens’ book publisher said the president’s 76-year-old younger sister had tested positive on Wednesday.

“She is fully vaccinated and boosted, will isolate at home for five days following CDC recommendations,” publisher Celadon Books said in a statement.

“She did not have close contact with the President or First Lady prior to her positive test,” the statement said.

Owens’ positive test comes days before the release of her book, “Growing up Biden.” She was scheduled to make an appearance at a bookstore in Washington D.C. on Thursday to promote her memoir.

The publisher said she “anticipates returning to her book tour upon testing negative.”