Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., speaks at the Capitol in Washington D.C., on Dec. 18, 2019. (House Television via AP)

Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., speaks at the Capitol in Washington D.C., on Dec. 18, 2019. (House Television via AP)

Washington Congresswoman DelBene tests positive for COVID-19

Her district encompasses eastern King, parts of Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties.

Associated Press

SEATTLE — U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene said Tuesday she has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of President Biden’s State of the Union address.

“Ahead of President Biden’s first State of the Union address, I took a COVID-19 PCR test. I received a positive result this morning. I am fully vaccinated and boosted,” her statement reads in part.

DelBene, a Democrat from Medina, said she will be isolating and working remotely and will not attend the address, KING-TV reported.

DelBene would have represented her district, which encompasses eastern King, parts of Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties, at Biden’s address scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday.

She did not disclose whether or not she is asymptomatic, but health officials say people who are vaccinated and boosted are the most protected against severe illness from COVID.

Two years ago Monday, the first known COVID-19 death in the U.S. was reported at Kirkland’s Life Care Center.

In a statement, DelBene said in part, “I see better days ahead for us where we can build back better than before.”

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