October 1 (WNN) — Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has tested positive for coronavirus just three days before his next term begins, the court said on Friday morning.
The announcement comes as the court may begin to dig into some of the most politically divisive issues in recent memory, including abortion, LGBTQ rights, gun laws, and election laws.
The court said in a statement that Kavanaugh took a COVID-19 test as part of his routine protocol on Thursday before being vested for Justice Amy Connie Barrett on Friday. Later that day he was informed that he tested positive for coronavirus.
“He has no symptoms and has been fully vaccinated since January,” the court said, suggesting that Kavanaugh’s infection is a so-called “breakthrough” case.
“In accordance with current court testing protocol, all judges were tested on the Monday morning prior to the conference, and everyone, including Justice Kavanaugh, tested negative,” the statement said.
The court said that Kavanaugh’s wife and daughters have also been fully vaccinated and tested negative on Thursday, and as a precaution, the Kavanaugh family is not attending Barrett’s installation on Friday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring success cases nationwide among vaccinated individuals and evaluating trends to better understand who is at risk for severe COVID-19 following vaccine breakthrough infection. is at risk. Vaccinated people have also experienced asymptomatic infection.
As of September 20, out of 181 million vaccinations, CDC has identified 19,136 successful cases in which patients were hospitalized or died.
Kavanaugh, who was nominated by former President Donald Trump, has been in court since October 6, 2018.