Coronavirus: DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 infection

WASHINGTON — Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, a department spokesperson confirmed.

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Mayorkas “tested positive this morning for the COVID-19 virus after taking a test as part of routine pre-travel protocols,” DHS spokeswoman Marsha Espinosa said in a prepared statement.

Espinosa said that Mayorkas, who is fully vaccinated, is experiencing only mild congestion, but he will isolate and work from home as he recovers, NBC News reported.

A New York Times analysis of data from 40 states showed in August that breakthrough infections and hospitalizations are exceedingly rare, occurring in as few as 0.1% of hospitalizations and 0.2% of deaths. The rate can vary widely however. The same data indicated that as many as 5% of hospitalizations and 6% of COVID-19-related deaths are due to breakthrough cases in immunized individuals.

Mayorkas had been scheduled to travel to Colombia along with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, CNN reported.

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