Houston Chronicle

Congressma­n tests positive before his second vaccinatio­n


SANTA ANA, Calif. — A congressma­n from this state contracted the coronaviru­s before he could get a second dose of vaccine that would have improved his immunity.

Democratic Rep. Lou Correa announced Saturday that he tested positive upon returning home from Washington, D.C., prompting him to self-quarantine away from his family.

His office said he received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine Dec. 19 and has not received the second shot that would have boosted his immunity to about 95 percent.

Correa, who represents central Orange County, is the latest House member to report testing positive since dozens of lawmakers huddled together for protection during the Jan. 6 insurrecti­on at the U.S. Capitol. Democratic Rep. Adriano Espaillat of New York said Thursday that he contracted the virus even after getting the second dose of the vaccine.

Correa’s office said he was not in the secure room but was outside helping Capitol Police. He was confronted later in the week by supporters of President Donald Trump, some not wearing masks, at Dulles Internatio­nal Airport in Virginia.

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