On Monday, 51planes to Washington, D.C. The legislators, the bulk of the Texas House of Representatives Democratic delegation, had fled their state in hopes of stopping a vote on bills that would that citizens in the state may vote, as well as the experience Texans may have while casting a ballot. The Democrats say the proposed laws would come with the genuine possibility of voter suppression and intimidation; one measure in question, for example, would allow untrained and armed poll watchers to stand how they vote. On Saturday, that developing political story ran headlong into the realities of the ongoing pandemic when three of the Texas Democrats .
According to their caucus, all three lawmakers had been vaccinated, as have most other Texas House of Representatives members. Among those who hadSaturday were state Rep. Celia Israel, 57, a Democrat representing a district that includes Austin and nearby suburbs. The community, where people of color make up the majority of residents, reports one of the higher . It’s made up mainly of Travis County, where 61.84% of residents 12 and over have, like their representative, been . About 59% of all Texas .
“Let this be a reminder that COVID-19 is still very much among us, with infection rates on the rise and morenationwide,” Israel said in a statement issued Saturday evening. “While I have fully complied with , this will not 100% prevent infection. “Thankfully, I am doing well and hope to get over the infection with mild symptoms. I am currently quarantining until I test negative. I urge anyone not vaccinated to do so as soon as possible to help stop the spread.”
The Texas House Democratic Caucus did not identify the two other delegation. (I was alerted to Israel’s status because I was in masked but close contact with her while reporting this week.) COVID-19 in Texas, as in most states in the U.S., which experts have attributed to factors including the and the slowing rate of vaccinations. On Thursday, Austin officials tightened the city’s case spike.
Before the news of the positive tests, outlets like Fox News and the lawmakers’back home had highlighted images of legislators aboard a charter flight from Texas to Washington, D.C., in which many appear not to have worn masks. While commercial airlines require all passengers to during flights, current CDC guidelines do not recommend them for those fully vaccinated. Breakthrough COVID-19 cases are possible even after vaccination—as would be the case with any vaccine—but there is evidence that those cases may be less severe. An AP analysis found that about 99% of in the U.S. in May were people.
Israel also thanked her Republican and Democratic colleagues for the good wishes and concern some had expressed for her and her partner, whom Israel had planned to marry Thursday on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives before the delegation fled the state. “Most importantly, I hope this instance highlights the sacrifices we’re willing to make for the cause of democracy,” the lawmaker said in her statement. “I would notto protect the right to vote.”