T̶h̶r̶ee SIX Vaccinated Texas Democrats Test Positive for COVID-19

UDPATE: As of July 20, a total of 6 Texas state lawmakers who rode a plane to D.C. have tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated.

Democratic Texas state lawmakers, who fled to Washington D.C. to halt a Republican-sponsored election law, tested positive for COVID-19, the Texas State House Democratic Caucus said in a statement on Saturday.

The three Texas House Democratic lawmakers had been vaccinated against the coronavirus, but tested positive over the last 24 hours.

Texas state Representative Ron Reynolds, one of the Democrats who traveled to Washington, said on Saturday that the positive test results were cause for caution. “We are taking these positive confirmations very seriously,” Reynolds said. “We’re following all CDC guidelines and … we are going to make sure that we don’t expose anyone.”

COVID-19 cases in the United States have surged over the past week with new cases up 70% and deaths rising 26%.

The Texas delegation has met over the past week with Vice President Kamala Harris and congressional Democratic leaders including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.