Supreme Court Justice Brent Kavanaugh tests positive for COVID-19

Members of the U.S. Supreme Court pose for a group photo at the court in Washington, D.C., on Friday. Seated, from left to right, are Associate Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor. Standing, from left to right, are Associate Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett. Pool Photo by Erin Schaff/UPI

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 1, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brent Kavanaugh has tested positive for COVID-19.

Confirmation of Kavanaugh’s diagnosis came by way of a statement released by the Supreme Court Friday morning.

“On Thursday evening Justice Kavanaugh was informed he had tested positive for Covid-19. He has no symptoms and has been fully vaccinated since January,” the Supreme Court statement said.

Kavanaugh’s wife and daughter are also fully vaccinated and have tested negative, according to the statement.

Kavanaugh’s test was administered Thursday, “per the Court’s regular testing protocols” a day ahead of Justice Amy Barrett’s “investiture on Friday.”

All of the justices have been tested with negative results.

Kavanaugh was retested and is now reporting negative.

“As a precaution, Justice and Mrs. Kavanaugh will not attend Justice Barrett’s investiture this morning,” the statement said.

Barrett was sworn in as the 103rd Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on October 27, 2020. During Friday’s “purely ceremonial” investiture Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the Constitutional Oath to Barrett, in what is an invitation only event.


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