Buttigieg in quarantine after possible Covid exposure

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DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg is quarantining for the next 14 days after a member of his security detail tested positive for Covid-19.

According to a press statement by DOT chief of staff Laura Schiller, the agent had been in close contact with Buttigieg, “including this morning prior to the agent’s positive result.“

Buttigieg also took a routine Covid PCR test Monday morning and the virus was not detected, nor is Buttigieg having symptoms. He has received the first dose of the vaccination and will get the second dose “when his quarantine is completed,” Schiller said.

DOT initiated contact tracing protocols “immediately“ after receiving the positive test result, notifying other DOT staff members who had been in contact with the agent. One other member of the security detail who has had close contact with the infected agent — defined by the CDC as being within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period — will also quarantine.

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