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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."

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  • 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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Sep 18, 2021 - Health

Mississippi reports rise in COVID-19 deaths among pregnant women

Dr. Thomas Dobbs speaks during a House Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., on March 10, 2020. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

At least eight pregnant women in Mississippi, who weren't fully vaccinated, have died of COVID-19 since late July, CNN reports.

Why it matters: The eight pregnant women who have died from the virus more than doubles the state's pandemic total in just two months.

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2 hours ago - Science

All-civilian Inspiration4 is back on Earth after flight to space

A side-by-side of the Inspiration4 crew and a shot of their capsule on the way back to Earth. Photo: SpaceX

The all-civilian Inspiration4 crew is back on Earth after their three-day mission in orbit.

The big picture: The launch and landing of this fully amateur, private space crew marks a changing of the guard from spaceflight being a largely government-led venture to being under the purview of private companies.

28 U.S. citizens depart Afghanistan on Qatar Airways flight

Passengers board a Qatar Airways aircraft bound to Qatar at the airport in Kabul on September 10, 2021. Photo: Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images

The State Department on Saturday confirmed that a Qatar Airways charter flight left Kabul on Friday with 28 U.S. citizens and seven lawful permanent residents on board.

The big picture: Friday's flight is the third such airlift by Qatar Airways since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, AP reports.