U.S. Supreme Court

Kavanaugh tests positive for COVID-19 but has no symptoms

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, although he has no symptoms.

Kavanaugh got a routine COVID-19 test ahead of the formal investiture ceremony Friday for Justice Amy Coney Barrett, the Supreme Court said in a news release. He has been fully vaccinated since January.

Kavanaugh was also tested on Monday, along with all the other justices, ahead of the Supreme Court’s conference to discuss adding cases to the docket. Kavanaugh and all the other justices were negative at that time.

Kavanaugh’s wife and daughters, who are also fully vaccinated, tested negative. As a precaution, Kavanaugh and his wife will not attend the investiture.

Law.com, the New York Times and the Washington Post are among the publications that covered Kavanaugh’s positive test.

The articles note that the Supreme Court’s new term starts Monday, but it’s unclear whether the positive test will affect in-person arguments or Kavanaugh’s participation.

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