CARBONDALE, Ill. US Representative Mike Bost has tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time.
Bost said in a Tuesday statement that he had received his positive test result the same morning after a routine test. He is fully vaccinated and has not experienced any symptoms.
“But for the safety of my constituents, staff and colleagues, I will adjust my schedule for the week and isolate myself according to the instructions of the attending physician’s office,” he said in the statement.
Bost represents Illinois’ 12th Congressional District, which covers East St. Louis and Southern Illinois. He formerly tested positive in October 2020. By that time, he had experienced a mild cough and “rapid” loss of taste, which led to him being tested.
According to the CDC, the emergence of variants such as omicron may increase the risk of re-infection for those who have already had COVID-19. However, vaccines remain extremely effective in protecting against serious illness.