A sixth Texas Democrat who has been vaccinated has tested positive for COVID-19. This is the latest case among state legislators who traveled to Washington, DC to block the Texas Republican election bill.
State Assemblyman Donna Howard (D-Austin) confirmed on Tuesday that she tested positive. Others who tested positive over the weekend included representatives Celia Israel, D-Austin and Trey Martinez Fisher, and D-San Antonio.
“Despite following CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines and being fully vaccinated, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday,” Howard said in a statement.
Howard added that she is “basically asymptomatic except for some minor congestion.”
Two weeks ago, Texas Democrats evacuated the state capitol on a large scale to prevent the passage of electoral reform bills-many believed that these bills would restrict rather than guarantee voting rights.
Although there is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 Texas election, state Republicans still focus on the “election integrity” bill. If passed, these laws will limit early voting time, prohibit self-service and mail ballot boxes, and allow party election observers to register voters who assist in completing the ballot. It will also criminalize local election officials who encourage mail-in voting.
Since the Democrats are still in Washington, at least six people are now quarantined, and the Texas House of Representatives lacks a quorum to hold a hearing. Democrats said that as long as the proposed bill needs to be blocked, they will stay in the U.S. Capitol.
“Let this be a reminder that COVID-19 is still very much among us, with infection rates on the rise and more contagious variants spreading nationwide,” Israel said over the weekend. “… Most importantly, I hope this instance highlights the sacrifices we are willing to make for the cause of democracy. I would not change anything to protect the right to vote.”
Meanwhile, Howard warned Texans of the incoming Delta variant, saying: “this variant is hitting the unvaccinated with severe illness and hospitalizations, particularly impacting those under 65. Vaccines work. Everyone, please get vaccinated and protect yourselves.”
Although the CDC and the federal government strongly recommend that you receive a full course of treatment with one of the three currently available vaccines, it is important to remember that a vaccine does not mean that you will not be infected. Across the country, despite being vaccinated, there have been many “vaccine breakthrough cases” that have tested positive.
CDC elaborated on its “What You Should Know About the Possibility of COVID-19 Illness After Vaccination” page: “While these vaccines are effective, no vaccine prevents illness 100% of the time.”
The CDC pointed out that mutations and new strains Existence also complicates the possibility of shrinkage. Currently, the COVID-19 delta variant is spreading nationwide and is the main strain in several regions.