Lawmakers are part of the group that left Texas, flying from Austin to Washington to break the State House quorum and prevent Republicans from passing restrictive new voting law. The three members who test positive are fully vaccinated, according to the caucus. They were not identified in Saturday’s statement.
One member tested positive on Friday evening, prompting all caucus members and staff to take a quick Covid-19 test. On Saturday, two other members tested positive with rapid tests.
The Austin American-Statesman first reported on the positive tests of lawmakers.
Texas House Democratic Caucus Chairman Chris Turner said in the statement his group was following the guidelines and protocols of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and had contacted Texas public health experts for advice. additional.
Fully vaccinated people who have been exposed to Covid-19 but do not have symptoms do not need to quarantine or get tested for the virus after exposure, according to current CDC guidelines, unless they are ‘They are not in a correctional or detention facility or homeless shelter.
While in Washington this week, members of the Texas House Democratic Caucus met with Vice President Kamala Harris, as well as members of Congress, including West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin.
CNN has contacted the Texas House Democratic Caucus to find out if members who tested positive were involved in these meetings.