Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has tested positive for COVID-19 though she has got a booster shot in the fall, according to her office’s statement released on Sunday night, Jan. 9.
“Representative Ocasio-Cortez has received a positive test result for COVID-19. She is experiencing symptoms and recovering at home,” the statement read.
“The Congresswoman received her booster shot this Fall, and encourages everyone to get their booster and follow all CDC guidance,” it added.
According to The Sun, Ocasio-Cortez was infected with COVID-19 after she was spotted partying without a mask face during a vacation last week in Miami, Florida, where there are currently no mask mandates. The Democratic lawmaker has criticized the state for its lax restrictions against COVID-19 during the pandemic.
A clip shared by journalist Brendon Leslie on Twitter showed that Ocasio-Cortez was in a large crowd waving to bargoers to cheers and applause.
Following the updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on minimizing the spread and infection risk of the coronavirus, Ocasio-Cortez needs to isolate for 5 days.
Ocasio-Cortez’s positive test comes amid a surge of the Omicron variant, which has surpassed Delta to become a dominant strain in the United States, accounting for more than 95% of all cases as of last week.