State of the Union attendees needed a COVID test. 5 legislators tested positive : NPR


(L-R) Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA), Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA), Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL)

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(L-R) Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA), Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA), Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL)

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At the least 5 legislators introduced Tuesday that they’d examined constructive for COVID-19 forward of tonight’s State of the Union tackle.

To attend tonight’s speech, friends — even those that are absolutely vaccinated — are required to provide a detrimental check.

California’s Sen. Alex Padilla and Rep. Pete Aguilar, Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, Rep. Suzan DelBene of Washington and Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida — all Democrats — introduced by statements or tweets Tuesday that they’d examined constructive.

Rep. Lauren Underwood of Illinois stated Friday that she had tested positive.

Usually, a State of the Union tackle is attended by 1,500 folks or extra. Members of Congress and different political dignitaries convey friends and relations. However final 12 months, solely 200 folks attended Biden’s joint tackle to Congress in April, simply as COVID-19 vaccines had began to turn out to be extensively accessible to most American adults.

This 12 months, all 535 members of Congress had been invited to attend tonight’s speech, a choice made with the steerage of Brian P. Monahan, the Capitol’s attending doctor. Many Republicans have determined to skip the occasion. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) stated he wouldn’t attend as a result of he objected to the requirement that every one these current would want to take a COVID-19 check.

Attendees won’t be required to put on masks tonight — a change to Monahan’s steerage made within the wake of falling COVID-19 ranges within the D.C. space. The White Home additionally lately modified its masks coverage, permitting absolutely vaccinated employees members to go maskless.



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