As the omicron variant becomes the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the United States, a growing number of public figures have announced their positive test results.
Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a frequent critic of former President Donald Trump, has reportedly contracted the virus despite his personal advocacy for vaccines and mask use in public.
“I am feeling fine at the moment”
According to the Daily Caller, Hogan is the latest in a line of anti-Trump public officials who have announced positive COVID-19 results. Among the most notable recent statements have come from Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ).
As for the Maryland governor, he is a cancer survivor who could be at higher risk of complications from the virus.
He announced his test results in a pair of tweets on Monday.
“This morning, as part of my regular testing routine, I received a positive rapid test for COVID-19,” he wrote. “I have been vaccinated and boosted, and I am feeling fine at the moment.”
“We’re hoping it starts to taper off fairly quickly”
Although he initially appeared to be asymptomatic, that seemed to have changed by Monday evening.
As the Associated Press reported, a statement from the governor’s office indicated that he was experiencing cold-like symptoms and would continue to work from home while under quarantine.
Just one day prior to his positive test result, Hogan appeared on Fox News to reiterate that he has no plans to reimpose lockdowns or new state mandates despite the recent rise in COVID-19 cases. Instead, he said he would be providing extra support to hospitals across the state while encouraging citizens to mask up and get vaccinated.
“We are anticipating over the next three to five weeks probably the worst surge we’ve seen in our hospitals throughout the entire crisis, but we don’t expect it to last for long,” he said on Fox News Sunday. “We’re hoping it starts to taper off fairly quickly, but we’re facing a pretty rough time.”
While medical experts assert that vaccines reduce the likelihood of hospitalization or death from COVID-19, some serious breakthrough cases have been reported.