Oct 1, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh tests positive for COVID-19

Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh listens as President Donald J. Trump speaks during a swearing-in ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Oct. 8, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Supreme Court said Friday that Justice Brett Kavanaugh has tested positive for COVID-19.

Driving the news: Kavanaugh, who has been fully vaccinated since January, has no symptoms, per the Court.

  • Kavanaugh learned of his positive case on Thursday evening after being tested as part of the Court's "regular testing protocols."
  • Kavanaugh and his wife will not attend Justice Amy Coney Barrett's investiture ceremony that is scheduled for Friday morning "as a precaution."

The big picture: Kavanaugh's positive test comes just days ahead of the start of a new term, which is expected to be the first in-person session with all nine justices since the pandemic forced proceedings to be held virtually.

  • Kavanaugh, along with all of the other justices, tested negative for COVID-19 on Monday.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional details throughout.

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