The Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed on Saturday that director Dr. Rochelle Walensky has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing ‘mild symptoms.’
According to a statement issued by the CDC, Walensky is now ‘isolating at home.’
They also said that the CDC director will participate in her planned meetings virtually.
‘CDC senior staff and close contacts have been informed of her positive test and are taking appropriate action to monitor their health,’ the statement read.
Last month, Walensky received her bivalent, omicron-specific COVID-19 booster shot. After the vaccination on September 22, she was photographed giving the thumbs up that was posted in a CVS health tweet.
She began experiencing symptoms on Friday, almost exactly a month to the day after her booster shot.
The director, along with other health officials, has warned that the winter may bring an uptick of COVID-19 infections.
The consensus at a recent meeting that brought together federal officials and leading organizations in the health field that represents doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants was a ‘broad agreement that the single-most important thing Americans, particularly the elderly, can do to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19 and serious illness is to get an updated COVID-19 vaccine without delay.’
Walensky and other health officials have urged the American public to get the booster.
Last month, the CDC director revealed that boosters would provide broad protection against sublineages.
‘The updated COVID-19 boosters are formulated to better protect against the most recently circulating COVID-19 variant. They can help restore protection that has waned since previous vaccination and were designed to provide broader protection against newer variants,’ she said.