The Perfect Enemy | Rep. Maxine Waters, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau positive for COVID after attending Summit of the Americas in LA
July 6, 2022

Rep. Maxine Waters, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau positive for COVID after attending Summit of the Americas in LA

Rep. Maxine Waters, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau positive for COVID after attending Summit of the Americas in LA  OCRegister

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LOS ANGELES — Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, announced Tuesday that she has tested positive for COVID-19 for a second time, saying she was tested after learning of a possible exposure during last week’s Summit of the Americas in downtown Los Angeles.

“Yesterday, after learning of a potential exposure at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, I was notified that I tested positive for COVID,” Waters said in a statement. “I am currently isolating and have no symptoms. I am following all protocols as recommended by the Office of the Attending Physician and CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidance.

“I am grateful to be fully vaccinated and to have received two booster shots. If you haven’t received the vaccine and/or booster, I encourage you to do so. I am feeling fine and resting at home.”

Details of her exposure during the Summit of the Americas were not released.

Hundreds of dignitaries from across the Western Hemisphere took part in the summit, which was hosted by President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden.

On Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — who also attended the summit — announced he had tested positive for COVID-19. He met with Biden in Los Angeles last Thursday, and also held a news conference with Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Also on Monday, US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the LA summit, the Sacramento Bee is reporting.

“He is fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, and is experiencing mild symptoms,” HHS spokeswoman Sarah Lovenheim said about Becerra in a statement. “He will continue to perform his duties as HHS secretary, working in isolation.”

Becerra, the former California attorney general, previously tested positive for COVID-19 on May 18, during the G-7 health summit in Germany, the Sacramento Bee reported.

The infections were the second for both Waters and Trudeau. Waters tested positive for the virus in April, and Trudeau had a positive test in January.

Both are fully vaccinated.