A Maine Lawmaker Who Fought Against Vaccine And Mask Mandates Resigns After His Wife Dies Of COVID 19

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker have both tested positive for COVID-19 and tweeted news of their diagnoses on Sunday.

Warren, 72, was the first to announce her diagnosis and said her infection was mild and that she had both vaccine doses as well as her booster shot.   

'I regularly test for COVID & while I tested negative earlier this week, today I tested positive with a breakthrough case,' the progressive Democrat wrote.

'Thankfully, I am only experiencing mild symptoms & am grateful for the protection provided against serious illness that comes from being vaccinated & boosted.' 

She used her Sunday announcement to make a public plea for people who haven't yet been inoculated to get it done.

'As cases increase across the country, I urge everyone who has not already done so to get the vaccine and the booster as soon as possible - together, we can save lives,' Warren wrote. 

Booker, 52, also made the public announcement only a few hours after Warren had confirmed her own diagnosis. 

Elizabeth Warren revealed her positive diagnosis on Twitter Sunday afternoon

Senator Warren announced her diagnosis on Twitter and also urged others to get vaccinated amid the rise in COVID cases and the Omicron variant

Senator Warren announced her diagnosis on Twitter and also urged others to get vaccinated amid the rise in COVID cases and the Omicron variant

US Senator Cory Booker also tested positive for the virus on Sunday despite being fully vaccinated and having received the booster shot

US Senator Cory Booker also tested positive for the virus on Sunday despite being fully vaccinated and having received the booster shot

Booker announced that he began feeling symptoms on Saturday but have only been relatively mild

Booker announced that he began feeling symptoms on Saturday but have only been relatively mild

'I learned today that I tested positive for COVID-19 after first feeling symptoms on Saturday,' he said on Twitter.

'My symptoms are relatively mild. I’m beyond grateful to have received two doses of vaccine and, more recently, a booster – I’m certain that without them I would be doing much worse.'

The lawmakers' positive diagnosis comes as the newly discovered Omicron variant wreaks havoc across the world just as people ready to gather for the Christmas holiday.

Warren became the ninety-second member of Congress to test positive for coronavirus since the pandemic began, making Booker the ninety-third. 

One lawmaker, GOP Rep. Ron Wright of Texas, died after a battle with COVID in February 2021. Representative-elect Luke Letlow died of the virus a week before he was due to take office.

Warren's brother Don Reed Herring previously died last year after he had contracted the virus at the age of 86.  

Herring, who served in the United States Air Force for 20 years, died on April 21, 2020 after contracting coronavirus in an inpatient rehabilitation facility in Oklahoma where he was recovering from pneumonia.

The family was told that other patients staying at the same facility were infected with coronavirus and Herring tested positive in early April but did not show symptoms for eleven days.

After his diagnosis, Warren said she spoke with her brother nearly every day, but she, his wife, and the rest of the family were unable to visit him due to the highly contagious nature of the pathogen.  

'He had had pneumonia and had been hospitalized,' Warren explained.

'This is back in February. He wanted to go home after he'd been hospitalized and his doctor said, "No, I want you to just go to a rehab and just get some of your strength back". Pneumonia really takes it out of you. And, you know, he's old.

'And so, he went to the rehab and was ready to go home. He was packed up and ready to go home when somebody tested positive, and they wouldn't let him leave. And I called him every day for 11 days, and every day he would say, "I'm just fine". In fact, he said, "I think I probably had it before and I'm just too tough and didn't even notice".

Warren with her brother Don Reed Herring who passed away from COVID in April 2020

Warren with her brother Don Reed Herring who passed away from COVID in April 2020

Warren is seen with her three brothers Don (left), John (right center) and David (right)

Warren is seen with her three brothers Don (left), John (right center) and David (right)

Warren is seen as a young girl with her three brothers, including her brother Don wearing an Air Force uniform

Warren is seen as a young girl with her three brothers, including her brother Don wearing an Air Force uniform 

On April 15, however, Herring was rushed to Norman Regional Hospital, where he was placed in intensive care without a ventilator. He died six days later. 

'And then he got sick, and then he died, by himself. That's the hard part—really hard part,' Warren said of being unable to visit her brother when he became ill.  

'It's hard to process things like this because everything is happening at a distance. And human beings—we're not set up for that. We're wired to be with each other. It makes it hard.

'I lost three very important people in my life many years ago in what felt like a short period of time: my mom, my daddy, and my Aunt Bee,' she added.

'Each of them died differently. My mother, very suddenly and unexpectedly. My daddy, lingering cancer. I held his hand as he died. With my mother, I had been there on the day that she died, in the night. My Aunt Bee got sick and then couldn't recover.

'But I was with them. And I was with my brothers and my cousins and my kids. And we shared memories; we grieved together.'

Warren said that she could 'remember thinking I couldn't breathe' when she heard of Herring's coronavirus diagnosis at first but that when he didn't show symptoms for more than a week, they had begun to think about him leaving the hospital.

'And for 11 days, I'd call him in the morning, call him in the evening, and he'd tell me, "Oh, it's fine", and laugh,' she said.

'And he was irritated that he couldn't leave. And I had begun to think, "This is okay. We're going to get him out of there". In fact, I'd been talking: Would David—my other brother—be the one to pick him up, or was John going to come? You know what I mean: working on the logistics of how to get him out of there.'

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