Apr 6, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Merrick Garland tests positive for COVID-19

Merrick Garland, U.S. attorney general, speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, April 6, 2022.
Photo: Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Attorney General Merrick Garland said Wednesday that he tested positive for COVID-19.

The big picture: Garland is the latest to test positive after attending the annual Gridiron Club dinner, a high-profile D.C. media event, on Saturday night.

  • Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo also tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday.
  • Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) tested positive after attending the dinner on Saturday.

Driving the news: "He asked to be tested after learning that he may have been exposed to the virus. At the time, he is not experiencing symptoms," according to a statement.

  • "In accordance with CDC guidelines, the Attorney General will isolate at home for at least five days," per the statement.

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