US State Department Spokesperson Tests Positive for COVID-19

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said he tested positive for COVID-19 early Monday (27/9) and will remain out of the office for the next 10 days, according to standard protocol.

The announcement came after Price attended a meeting in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

State Department officials say US Secretary of State Antony Blinken tested negative for COVID-19. He had previously been in close contact with Price.

“After experiencing some symptoms for the first time this morning, I soon tested positive for COVID-19 and will now be in quarantine for the next 10 days. I am not feeling well but grateful to be protected from serious illness because of the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine,” he said. Price tweeted.

“Foreign Minister Blinken tested negative for COVID-19 this morning and is undergoing routine tests,” deputy spokeswoman Jalina Porter said during a brief telephone briefing with reporters, Monday (27/9).

When asked if the State Department had notified all the officials from various countries who met Blinken last week in New York, because Price attended most of those meetings, Porter said Price “has not been in contact with any foreign delegates since Thursday,” citing Central Control Protocol. and Disease Prevention (CDC).

“In consultation with the State Department medical unit, we believe the actual exposure risk began on Saturday,” Porter said, adding that Price “was not in the vicinity of the secretary of state, any other State Department official or any foreign official at the time.”

The CDC says that fully vaccinated people do not need to be quarantined after coming into contact with a person who has COVID-19 unless that person is showing symptoms.

Fully vaccinated people should be tested three to five days after exposure, even if they have no symptoms, and wear a mask indoors, in public for 14 days after exposure or until their test result is negative. [my/jm]

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