The C-19 outbreak has spread across the DC elites once 72 people tested positive for the virus, among whom people from the Biden admin and reporters because they attended the Gridiron Dinner.
Gridiron Club President Tom DeFrank stated that 68 guests tested positive for C-19, and now that number has increased to 72.
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Latest update from Gridiron Club president Tom DeFrank, about covid outbreak from last weekend’s dinner (72 is +5 from yesterday’s reported number): pic.twitter.com/tU9J9R0pmw
— Paul Farhi (@farhip) April 10, 2022
New York City Mayor Eric Adams attended that dinner, and he canceled all public events for the week.
.@NYCMayor is also going to immediately begin taking the anti-viral meds offered for free to NYC residents and encourages all New Yorkers eligible for these meds to take them as well.
While he is isolating, he will continue to serve New Yorkers by working remotely.
— Fabien Levy (@Fabien_Levy) April 10, 2022
NBC News has more:
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who has been fully vaccinated and boosted, tested positive Friday and is experiencing mild symptoms, his office said in a statement Saturday, adding to a new wave of cases that has swept through the nation’s capital.
Two other members of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet, Attorney General Merrick Garland and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, tested positive last week after they attended the annual social gathering of high-profile political media and business figures.
Garland attended a news conference with FBI Director Christopher Wray before he tested positive later Wednesday. The Justice Department said it was conducting contact tracing in accordance with protocols set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Some lawmakers also tested positive after they attended the white-tie event, including Reps. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, and Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the chairman of the Intelligence Committee.
So did Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who announced her positive test Thursday after she voted to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to become the first Black woman on the Supreme Court.
Vice President Kamala Harris’ communications director, Jamal Simmons; first lady Jill Biden’s press secretary, Michael LaRosa; and Valerie Biden Owens, the president’s sister, were also among guests who tested positive after the event.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who did not attend the dinner, also tested positive last week after she spent time with Biden and Harris. The president and the vice president tested negative last week.