Richmond just lately traveled to Atlanta for a Tuesday marketing campaign occasion for the Senate runoff elections in Georgia, the place President-elect Joe Biden was additionally current.
Bedingfield mentioned that Biden on Thursday underwent PCR testing for Covid-19 and the virus was not detected.
“Richmond’s interactions with the President-elect occurred in open air, have been masked and totaled lower than 15 consecutive minutes, the CDC’s timeframe for shut contact,” Bedingfield mentioned.
The congressman traveled to Georgia on his personal and never with the President-elect, based on Bedingfield.
Richmond is anticipated to quarantine for 14 days and should check unfavorable for 2 PCR exams earlier than he returns for any in-person work in Congress or on the transition, Bedingfield mentioned.
Richmond developed signs on Wednesday and took a speedy check, which got here again constructive, based on Bedingfield. She mentioned that on Thursday, as per their customary protocol, Richmond took a PCR check, which additionally got here again constructive.
Bedingfield mentioned that after the speedy check got here again constructive, the transition staff instantly initiated contact tracing, and “decided that he was in CDC-defined shut contact with two people, neither of whom are Biden, Warnock or Ossoff employees.” The 2 people have been notified and are self-quarantining, she mentioned.
Final month, the Biden transition staff introduced Richmond would be part of Biden’s White Home and depart the Home seat he has held since 2011. The congressman mentioned he would resign from his seat earlier than January 20, the day of Biden’s inauguration.
Richmond is a former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and was a co-chair of Biden’s presidential marketing campaign. He was an early supporter of Biden’s presidential bid and a loyal surrogate on the marketing campaign path.
The congressman is presently the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Basis, and serves on the Home Methods and Means Committee. He is a member of the New Democrat Coalition and serves because the Home Democratic assistant to the bulk whip.
This story has been up to date with extra details about Richmond and his constructive check outcome.