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A sixth member of the Texas Democratic delegation that fled their state for D.C. in an effort to block a state GOP voting bill has tested positive for COVID-19, the Dallas Morning News first reported Monday night.

What they're saying: State Rep. Rafael Anchia told the outlet that all 55 members of the delegation had been observing CDC guidelines, adding: "We're grateful that 100% of us were vaccinated in advance…. This delta variant is no joke."

A tweet previously embedded here has been deleted or was tweeted from an account that has been suspended or deleted.
  • Texas House Democrats spokesperson Cara Santucci said the unidentified sixth member of the delegation to test positive since Friday was self-isolating and that the group would no longer release daily COVID-19 case counts, per NBC News.
  • The caucus said in a statement Sunday after two members tested positive for the virus that all of the affected Democrats were "feeling good, with no symptoms or only mild symptoms."

Of note: Vice President Kamala Harris met last week with the Texas Democrats.

  • But it was determined that Harris and her staff "were not at risk of exposure because they were not in close contact with those who tested positive and therefore do not need to be tested or quarantined," per a statement from her spokesperson Symone Sanders.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Sam Baker: Some people who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus can still get sick, but the risk of severe illness is far lower.

  • Roughly 3,700 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized for COVID-19 infections nationwide, according to the CDC — not zero, but still dramatically lower than the risk faced by unvaccinated people.

Go deeper: Texas House Democrats plan to stay in D.C., will host a weeklong virtual conference

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details on the sixth Texas Democrat's positive test result in D.C. and further context on how the virus can affect people fully vaccinated against the virus.

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Oct 27, 2021 - Health

Louisiana lifts mask mandate except for some schools

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards. Photor: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Louisiana's statewide mask mandate is lifting for all settings except for some schools starting on Wednesday, Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) announced.

The big picture: The requirement has been in place since early August as the Delta variant surged across the state. Edwards tweeted Tuesday there had been a "sustained improvement across the state in new cases, test positivity & hospitalizations."

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Oct 26, 2021 - Health

FDA panel endorses Pfizer vaccines for 5-to-11-year-olds

Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Members of the Food and Drug Administration's vaccine expert panel Tuesday endorsed a two-dose series of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5–11. The final vote was 17 members in favor, with one member abstaining.

Why it matters: While not binding, the decision is a long-awaited step toward getting COVID vaccines in the arms of some of the youngest Americans potentially in time to get many fully vaccinated in advance of the holiday season.

Texas abortion law remains in effect after appeals court ruling

Pro- and anti-abortion protesters outside the Supreme Court as arguments begin about the Texas abortion law on Capitol Hill in November. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

A U.S. appeals court transferred a challenge to Texas' law banning most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy to the state supreme court in a 2-1 vote on Monday evening.

Why it matters: The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision means the country's most restrictive abortion law can remain in place for the time being.