On Sunday, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 and has moderate symptoms. Now he is in quarantine at his home.
In a statement, Lloyd Austin said that he planned to attend crucial meetings and conversations through virtually next week to the extent possible. He indicated that Undersecretary Kathleen Hicks would represent him on pertinent matters.
The secretary noted that he met with President Joe Biden for the last time was on December 21, which is more than a week before he started to experience symptoms. That morning, he had tested negative.
Austin noted that he had informed his leadership team of his positive diagnostic test result and the president. Also, he said that his staff has started to track contacts and have everyone he has been in contact with in the last week get diagnostic tests.
Given the tested positive COVID-19 result, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin plans to remain in quarantine for five days. Austin, 68, said he has the full vaccination schedule and received a booster in October. According to the CDC guidelines, he indicated that he requested a test on Sunday morning after experiencing symptoms while at home on a day of rest.
He said that Vaccines work and will continue to be a military medical requirement for our workforce. He continues to encourage anyone eligible for a booster injection to get one. It is still a matter of being available for action.
Previously, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, another member of Biden’s cabinet, tested positive for COVID-19.