Vice President Kamala Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff has tested positive for COVID-19 amidst a crucial time for the US, as it deals with the Ukraine-Russia crisis. Harris tested negative but is curtailing her schedule as a result of her husband’s positive test.
Harris’ spokesperson Sabrina Singh said Harris would not participate in a planned Equal Pay Day event on Tuesday evening at the White House with President Joe Biden “out of an abundance of caution.” “The Vice President tested negative for COVID-19 today and will continue to test,” she said.
Speaking at last night’s event, Biden spoke of Emhoff, saying, “He’s feeling very well, I’m told. Let’s send her our love.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Biden and Harris appeared together mingled with lawmakers at an event marking the signing of a $1.5 trillion government funding measure. As it stands, Harris and Emhoff both received their first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine weeks before taking office and their second dose just days after Inauguration Day in 2021. They received booster shots in late October.
Earlier Tuesday, Emhoff participated in an outdoor event at a Washington park to highlight the work of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. The White House did not immediately respond when asked if he was recently in close contact with Biden or first lady Jill Biden.
Harris, in a tweet Tuesday evening, said, “Doug is doing fine and we are grateful to be vaccinated and boosted.” She added, “I have tested negative and will continue to test.”