Health Secretary Xavier Becerra tests positive for coronavirus, second time in less than a month

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Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, for the second time in less than a month, has tested positive for COVID-19.

HHS spokeswoman Sarah Lovenheim said Monday that Becerra tested positive for COVID-19 after taking an antigen test.

Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), at the CEO Summit of the Americas hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles, California, U.S., Wednesday, June 8, 2022.
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Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), at the CEO Summit of the Americas hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles, California, U.S., Wednesday, June 8, 2022.
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“He is fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, and has mild symptoms,” Lovenheim said. “He will continue to serve as Secretary of HHS, working in isolation.”

Becerra had previously tested positive for COVID on May 18 when he planned to meet other health ministers from other G7 countries in Germany.

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Becerra participated last week in the Summit of the Americas held in Los Angeles. President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris also attended, although HHS said he “is not considered a close contact of (Biden and Harris) as defined by the CDC.”

“The Secretary remains engaged in his office duties from the isolation and looks forward to resuming in-person meetings, as soon as possible,” HHS said.

Becerra is one of many people in the president’s orbit to have tested positive for COVID-19.

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White House domestic policy adviser Susan Rice tested positive last month, while several other members of the president’s cabinet and staff – including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the communications director of White House Kate Bedingfield, Vice President Kamala Harris, U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. James C. McConville and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack — have tested positive in recent weeks.

Fox News’ Paul Best contributed to this report.

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