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Justice Kavanaugh Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday evening.

Kavanaugh, 56, has been fully vaccinated since January.

The positive test results came from a routine check ahead of fellow Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s investiture ceremony Friday. He will no longer be attending as a precaution.

Kavanaugh, along with all the other justices, tested negative on Monday ahead of a meeting to discuss which cases should be added to the court’s docket. He is currently not experiencing any symptoms and his immediate family have all tested negative.

“Justice Kavanaugh’s wife and daughters are also fully vaccinated, and they tested negative on Thursday,” spokeswoman Patricia McCabe said in a statement obtained by the New York Times. “As a precaution, Justice and Mrs. Kavanaugh will not attend Justice Barrett’s investiture this morning.”

On Wednesday, Kavanaugh ran in the ACLI Capital Challenge three-mile race in Washington’s Anacostia Park.

In-person arguments at the Supreme Court are scheduled to resume on Monday. It is currently unclear if Kavanaugh will be present, though given the typical length of quarantines, his attendance is unlikely.

“An arguing attorney who receives a positive test will not argue in person, but will instead be expected to participate remotely by telephone connection to the courtroom,” an announcement posted on the court’s website this week stated.

Lawyers who attend in person will be required to wear a mask “except when presenting argument.”

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