The majority leader was expected to meet privately with Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) this week to work out a spending deal that would lower health-care costs and combat climate change, according to two people familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the deliberations.
Goodman said Schumer will be isolating in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and working remotely. “Anyone who knows Leader Schumer knows that even if he’s not physically in the Capitol, through virtual meetings and his trademark flip phone, he will continue with his robust schedule and remain in near constant contact with his colleagues,” he said.
Schumer joins a long list of leaders in the federal government who have tested positive for the coronavirus. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tested positive in April, as did Vice President Harris. Last month, Anthony S. Fauci, the president’s chief medical adviser, also tested positive.
New coronavirus cases are up slightly in the United States this week, according to a Washington Post tracker, with about 100,000 new cases reported daily on average.
Those figures are likely to be an undercount, experts say, because many Americans have stopped testing regularly or are testing at home, where positive results are difficult to include in official tallies.
BA.5 is deft at evading the human immune system. Antibodies from vaccines and previous infections offer limited protection against it. Eric Topol, a professor at Scripps Research who tracks pandemic trends, wrote last month that it was “the worst version of the virus that we’ve seen.”
Tony Romm and Joel Achenbach contributed to this report.