The South Carolina Senator announced the news at a press conference on Monday.
“I was just informed by the House physician I have tested positive for COVID-19 even after being vaccinated,” he said.
“I started having flu-like symptoms Saturday night and went to the doctor this morning. I feel like I have a sinus infection and at present time I have mild symptoms. I will be quarantining for ten days,” he added.
Senator Graham is the first known senator to have tested positive for coronavirus in months.
Unnamed White House officials and a Nancy Pelosi staffer tested positive for coronavirus despite a ‘superspreader’ event caused by nearly 60 Texas Democratic state legislators who had fled the state for Washington weeks ago.
At least six of the Texas Democrats tested positive for COVID-19 and flaunted that they were not wearing masks in photos posted on social media.
“A sixth Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives who traveled to Washington D.C. last week has tested positive for the coronavirus,” KHOU reported.
“The six lawmakers are among House Democrats who fled to Washington, D.C. to stave off GOP priority voting bills during the special legislative session,” the report continued. “The members who tested positive all have been fully vaccinated, which helps protect against severe illness. All of the lawmakers are showing no symptoms or only mild symptoms.”