Education secretary tests positive for COVID-19

Oct 31, 2022, 10:45 PM | Updated: Nov 1, 2022, 11:10 am
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona answers questions with President Joe Biden as they leave an even...

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona answers questions with President Joe Biden as they leave an event about the student debt relief in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington, Oct. 17, 2022. Cardona has tested positive for COVID-19 the Education Department says on Nov. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s education secretary has tested positive for COVID-19.

Miguel Cardona, who has been vaccinated and boosted against the virus, tested positive Tuesday and has mild symptoms, the Education Department said in a statement.

He tested positive the morning after he attended Halloween festivities at the White House. Biden and his wife, Jill, hosted a trick-or-treat event at the White House on Monday, but the Education Department said they are not close contacts of Cardona, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Cardona, 47, separately welcomed elementary school trick-or-treaters to the Education Department on Monday and later spoke at the Association of Art Museum Directors’ annual meeting.

The education chief will continue attending meetings and performing his duties while working remotely and in isolation, his agency said. He will return to in-person meetings when he tests negative.

Cardona is among several Biden administration officials who have gotten COVID-19, including CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky and Health Secretary Xavier Becerra.

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