Second gentleman Doug Emhoff tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, the White House confirmed. 57-year-old Emhoff was scheduled to attend an event on Equal Pay Day to celebrate Women's History Month in the East Room of the White House, but did not attend.
Vice President Kamala Harris did not attend the event either as a precaution. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden made remarks at the event in a room packed with attendees.
A statement from White House spokesperson Sabrina Singh on Tuesday said, "Earlier today, the Second Gentleman tested positive for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, the Vice President will not participate in tonight’s event. The Vice President tested negative for COVID-19 today and will continue to test."
Emhoff acknowledged the news in a tweet, writing that his symptoms were mild.
I tested positive for COVID. My symptoms are mild and I’m grateful to be both vaccinated and boosted.— Douglas Emhoff (@SecondGentleman) March 15, 2022
If you have yet to get vaccinated and boosted, please don’t wait. https://t.co/6bYZT38osN