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Democratic Rep. Adriano Espaillat tests positive for Covid-19

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Congressman Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) wearing a face mask speaks during a press conference at City Hall in New York City. Mayor de Blasio joined the Congressional members and called for swift impeachment of President Donald Trump following the violent siege of the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters that left five dead. (Photo by Ron Adar / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

Democratic Rep. Adriano Espaillat of New York said Thursday he has tested positive for Covid-19 and is isolating at home, he announced in a series of tweets.

(CNN)Democratic Rep. Adriano Espaillat of New York said Thursday he has tested positive for Covid-19 and is isolating at home, he announced in a series of tweets.

"I am following guidance from my physician and quarantining at home after having tested positive for COVID-19," he tweeted.

"I received the second dose of the #COVID19vaccine last week and understand the affects take time.

Espaillat said in his tweets he received the second dose of his Covid-19 vaccine last week.

It takes time for the body to build up immunity, and the two authorized coronavirus vaccines both require two doses, given several weeks apart, to train the body's immune system.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says building immunity "typically takes a few weeks. "

His announcement comes after House Democrats set up a system to fine members who don't wear masks on the House floor after three Democrats said they tested positive for Covid-19 after sheltering in place with other members of Congress who did not wear masks during the violent attack on the US Capitol last week.

According to a notice from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the House plans to move with a rule change imposing fines on members who don't wear face masks.

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