After testing positive for COVID-19, US State Department spokesman Ned Price stated that he would be self-quarantining for the next ten days.
Price said his symptoms were relatively mild.
“After experiencing symptoms for the first time this morning, I tested positive for COVID-19 shortly thereafter, & will now quarantine for the next 10 days,” Price tweeted. “I’m feeling under the weather but am grateful for the protection from severe illness offered by safe and effective vaccines.”
Price, who has been vaccinated, said he tested positive for coronavirus on Monday morning after returning from New York, where he and Secretary of State Antony Blinken attended the annual UN General Assembly meeting last week, including with senior officials from Brazil, Britain, Turkey, and the European Union.
Blinken tested negative for COVID on Monday morning, according to Jalina Porter, a deputy State Department spokesperson, reported Reuter.
Blinken and Price were members of a strong United States delegation to the United Nations General Assembly, including dozens of top diplomats. There were no other reports of positive tests in the delegation.
Porter said officials spoke with the State Department’s medical team and determined that only people who had contact with Price from Saturday onward were in danger of being exposed.
“I just do want to underscore that spokesperson Price hasn’t been in contact with any foreign delegations since Thursday, which is nearly 100 hours before he actually started to experience any symptoms,” Porter said, adding that Price was not with Blinken or other State Department officials on Saturday or since then.
Blinken will fly to Pittsburgh later this week for a trade and technology summit between the United States and the European Union and then to Europe, California, and Mexico the following week. There was no sign that either journey would be rescheduled.
Price was one of the first members of the Biden administration to publicly admit to contracting the virus, reported The Hill.
In July, a White House staffer tested positive for COVID-19, but the administration refused to reveal their identity and stated that breakthrough coronavirus cases would not be announced unless they were in direct contact with the president.
A handful of legislators on Capitol Hill have tested positive for the virus. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss. ) and Angus King (I-Maine) all reported breakthrough coronavirus cases.