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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tests positive for COVID

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 1/10/2022 Brian Niemietz

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has COVID.

Fresh off a holiday trip to Florida, Ocasio-Cortez has tested positive for COVID, according to a memo from her office.

“Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has received a positive test result for COVID-19,” says a missive sent to the House of Representatives.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) prepares to speak during a rally for immigration provisions to be included in the Build Back Better Act outside the U.S. Capitol December 7, 2021 in Washington, DC. © Drew Angerer Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) prepares to speak during a rally for immigration provisions to be included in the Build Back Better Act outside the U.S. Capitol December 7, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) prepares to speak during a rally for immigration provisions to be included in the Build Back Better Act outside the U.S. Capitol December 7, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/)

The memo was posted to the liberal lawmaker’s official Twitter feed.

“She is experiencing symptoms and recovering at home,” the memo continues. “The congresswoman received her booster shot this Fall, and encourages everyone to get their booster and follow all CDC guidelines.”

Ocasio-Cortez and her boyfriend started the New Year in Miami, where they were frequently trolled by right-wingers on social media who blasted the New Yorker for vacationing in the Red State run by conservative Gov. Ron DeSantis.


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She was spotted maskless at venues including a crowded outdoor bar in Miami. The 32-year-old Bronx native and her significant other, Riley Roberts, were also photographed eating at an al fresco sushi joint.

“If I had a dollar for every lockdown politician who decided to escape to Florida over the last two years, I’d be a pretty doggone wealthy man,” De Santis joked last week.

According to CDC guidelines, “If you want to spend time with people who don’t live with you, outdoors is the safer choice! You are less likely to be exposed to COVID-19 during outdoor activities, even without the use of masks.”

Vaccinated California congressman Eric Swalwell was photographed maskless in the lobby of a four-star hotel in Miami Beach last week.

“They got me!” he tweeted once photos started making the rounds. “Maskless, juggling a baby and a coffee while meeting with a Congolese queen.”

Swalwell has pushed for vaccinations to be required for air travel. DeSantis opposed vaccine mandates overall. In November, he signed legislation prohibiting business, government agencies and schools from requiring vaccinations.

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The ongoing COVID spike, fueled by the omicron variant, is crossing party lines. On Saturday, Republican lawmakers Jim Cooper of Tennessee and Young Kim of California announced they’d tested positive for coronavirus. They were joined by Democrat Sean Casten of Illinois on that list.

Omicron was first observed last month in the U.S. It’s unclear if that’s the variant with which Ocasio-Cortez was infected or what symptoms she’s experiencing.

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