“After experiencing minor symptoms this morning, I sought a COVID-19 test and was just informed the test results were positive. Thankfully, I have been fully vaccinated and my symptoms remain mild. To every extent possible, I will continue my work virtually while in quarantine for the next ten (10) days,” Norman wrote in his statement on Twitter.
Vaccine breakthrough infections are to be expected, as the vaccines are meant to prevent severe illness and hospitalization.
Norman’s positive test is the second among South Carolina lawmakers just this week and the third reported among members of Congress in less than four weeks. All three members were fully vaccinated and experienced mild symptoms. These three recent cases follow several months without any lawmaker announcing a positive test result.
On Monday, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina announced he tested positive for Covid-19, and GOP Rep. Vern Buchanan of Florida made public on July 19 that he tested positive for the coronavirus.
These three cases come as the Delta variant spreads across the country, prompting many community leaders to revisit their previous decisions to relax pandemic-era protocols. The Office of the Attending Physician in the US Congress reinstated mask requirements for the vaccinated and unvaccinated in the House, but not in the Senate, which infuriated some House members.
Norman was among the group of GOP lawmakers in the House who strongly opposed the new mask mandate and marched en masse from the House to the Senate, where masks were not required, though some still choose to wear them.