Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas tests positive for Covid, is experiencing mild symptoms

  • Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday.
  • A department spokeswoman said Mayorkas is experiencing mild symptoms, and that he will isolate and continue to work from home.
  • On Saturday, Mayorkas joined President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden and others at the National Police Officers' Memorial Service, an outdoor event during which both Biden and Mayorkas removed their masks.

WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, his spokeswoman said in a statement.

"Secretary Mayorkas tested positive this morning for the COVID-19 virus after taking a test as part of routine pre-travel protocols," wrote Marsha Espinosa, assistant secretary of public affairs in a tweet Tuesday.

"Secretary Mayorkas is experiencing only mild congestion; he is fully vaccinated and will isolate and work at home per CDC protocols and medical advice. Contact tracing is underway," added Espinosa.

On Saturday, Mayorkas, 61, joined President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden and other high-ranking officials at the annual National Police Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol.

Mayorkas (above, third from the left) can be seen in photos from the outdoor event standing just a few feet from the president, while neither he nor Biden are wearing masks.

Both Biden and Mayorkas are fully vaccinated against Covid. Biden also received a booster shot in late September, in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a question from CNBC about whether Biden will take any additional precautions in light of Mayorkas' diagnosis.

The day before the Capitol event, Mayorkas attended the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Valor Memorial and Wreath Laying Ceremony, honoring CBP officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. 

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