WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court says Justice Brett Kavanaugh has tested positive for COVID-19.
The High Court said in a press release on Friday that Kavanaugh has no symptoms and has been fully vaccinated since January. Kavanaugh and all other judges had routine coronavirus tests before Friday’s formal investment for Justice Amy Connie Barrett.
The court says Kavanaugh’s wife and daughters have also been fully vaccinated, and they tested negative on Thursday. The court said Kavanaugh and his wife would not attend the ceremony. All the other judges were present for Barrett’s formal swearing-in, which was delayed due to the pandemic.
The court’s new term begins on Monday and judges are returning to the courtroom to hear arguments after an absence of 18 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. They were hearing arguments through telephone.
Kavanaugh attended the court’s private conference Monday when he and his colleagues met in court to review the thousands of appeals that had accumulated over the summer. The court said all the judges were tested on Monday morning before the conference and all tested negative.
Kavanaugh also participated in an annual three-mile run for charity in Washington on Wednesday that was attended by other judges, elected officials, government employees and journalists.