Rep. Cedric Richmond tests positive for COVID-19, Biden transition team says
WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), incoming White House Senior Advisor and Director of the Office of Public Engagement, tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday, according to the Biden transition team.
In a statement, the transition team noted Richmond had not been in what the CDC defines as “close contact” with any Biden staff, including the president-elect himself. President-elect Biden underwent testing Thursday and the team says COVID-19 was not detected.
Team Biden says Richmond will quarantine for 14 days and must test negative two times in that period before returning to in-person work on the transition or in Congress. A spokesperson in Richmond’s congressional office would not grant an immediate request for an interview with Richmond, but said, “We are monitoring his health at this time.”
Among others on social media, Governor John Bel Edwards (D-LA) weighed in on Twitter:
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