US Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack Tests Positive for COVID-19

by | Apr 10, 2022 | Ag News, Indiana Agriculture News, News Feed

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced he has tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing mild symptoms.

In a statement, the USDA says Vilsack is fully vaccinated and boosted.  He had tested negative both before and after his recent trip to Mexico to meet with Mexican Agriculture Secretary Victor Villalobos on Apr. 4-5.  Out of an abundance of caution, the Mexican government has been informed of Vilsack’s positive test.

Vilsack is the third member of President Biden’s cabinet to test positive for COVID-19 in the past week.  Attorney General Merrick Garland and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo have also tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.  According to the Washington Post, Vilsack, Merrick and Garland were among those in attendance on Apr. 2 at the Gridiron Club dinner, a high-profile media event.

The USDA say Vilsack will remain in isolation until he has a negative test for the virus.

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