Ashley Moody, the Republican Attorney General for Florida, tweeted on Wednesday that she had tested positive for COVID-19.
Moody, 46, had been vaccinated against the virus earlier this year, she said.
“Fortunately, I only have mild symptoms and my family is healthy,” Moody tweeted. “I want to encourage Floridians to be vigilant about their health.”
News of Moody’s positive test comes four days after she flew on the state plane with Governor Ron DeSantis and Senate Speaker Wilton Simpson to the US-Mexico border in Del Rio, Texas for a press conference with Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
During the press conference, which was held in an open-air hangar at the airport, Moody also came into close contact with dozens of state law enforcement officers.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen, Florida Highway Patrol Col. Gene Spaulding, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Col. Brian Smith, and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton also attended the press conference. and interacted with Moody.
DeSantis’ office did not respond to a text and email requesting comment late Wednesday on whether the governor would get tested for COVID-19 or take precautions after coming into close contact with Moody over the weekend.
DeSantis received a COVID-19 vaccine earlier this year.
On Wednesday evening, DeSantis was with Senator Marco Rubio and Fox News host Sean Hannity at the Versailles restaurant in Little Havana for a town hall on pro-democracy protests in Cuba. No one wore a mask or social distancing.
Simpson tested positive for COVID-19 last December, just hours before he oversaw the state’s allocation of 29 electoral votes to President Donald Trump. At the time, a limited number of coronavirus vaccines were just starting to arrive in the state.
Moody’s positive coronavirus test is the second high-profile infection reported among Florida elected officials this week. United States Representative Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, said Tuesday he had contracted the virus despite his own vaccination. Like Moody, Buchanan, 70, said he had mild symptoms.
While coronavirus vaccines have been shown to be effective in preventing serious illness, they are not a foolproof prevention against COVID-19. Florida is currently in the midst of a summer wave of coronavirus, with the state reporting about 6,500 cases per day for the seven-day period ending July 15.
Hospitals statewide are adding COVID-19 patients at alarming rates for some local officials. The highly contagious delta variant of the virus spreads rapidly. But statewide, healthcare professionals are reporting that the patients they treat are largely unvaccinated.
Justin Senior, CEO of the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida, said he believed hospitals in Florida would be able to weather the tide largely because of the protection offered by vaccines.
“What becomes dangerous from a public health perspective is if we see a variant that really escapes vaccines,” Senior said. “We don’t see this.”