“This evening, I unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19,” the lawmaker, who is fully vaccinated and boosted against the novel coronavirus, said in a Twitter post.
“I’m feeling fine, and grateful to be vaccinated and boosted. In the coming days, I will quarantine and follow CDC guidelines,” he added. “And remember, please get vaccinated!”
Schiff, 61, chairs the House Intelligence Committee and represents California’s 28th congressional district.
The lawmaker didn’t indicate where he might have contracted the infection or whether it involved a new COVID-19 sub-variant, BA.2, that has fueled an increase in cases overseas and is spreading in the United States.
Several other political figures have tested positive for COVID-19 recently, including White House press secretary Jen Psaki, CIA Director William Burns, and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.
Reps. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) also announced positive COVID-19 tests on Tuesday. The pair said on Twitter that they were fully vaccinated and boosted.
Schultz, the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said she was experiencing “manageable” symptoms.
“Thankfully, I am both vaccinated and boosted,” she wrote. “Please, if you haven’t yet, don’t wait to get vaccinated and boosted.”
Castro, a former chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said he was experiencing mild symptoms “after avoiding COVID-19 for two years.”
“I tested negative yesterday & last Thursday, but positive today. Thankfully, I’m fully vaccinated & boosted…I will quarantine consistent with CDC guidelines,” he said on Twitter.
According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates, as of April 2, the BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron accounts for 72.2 percent of the COVID-19 variants in the United States, up from nearly 57.3 percent the week prior.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.