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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.

Go deeper

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

Texas House Democrats host a news conference on voting rights outside the Capitol in D.C. on July 13. Oliver Contreras/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A group of Texas Democrats who fled the state to block a GOP-led voting reform bill are not planning on returning anytime soon, and will instead hold a weeklong virtual conference as they up their fight against the Republican bill, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: Civil rights activist Dolores Huerta will kick off the conference on Monday, which will feature influential activists and lawmakers through out the week, per the Post.

Jul 19, 2021 - Health

"A pandemic of the unvaccinated"

Data: Our World in Data; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths are back on the rise in the U.S. as the highly transmissible Delta variant spreads across the country.

The big picture: This is happening almost exclusively to people who aren’t vaccinated, and it’s worse in places where overall vaccination rates are low.

Jul 18, 2021 - Health

Poll: Unvaccinated Americans least concerned about Delta variant

Nurse administers a COVID-19 dose in Los Angeles. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Americans who are not fully vaccinated or not vaccinated at all are much less concerned about the Delta variant than fully vaccinated Americans are, a new CBS poll indicates.

Why it matters: COVID-19 cases are once again rising across the U.S. as health officials become increasingly concerned about the Delta variant, which is significantly more infectious than the original strain and poses an acute threat to the unvaccinated.