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Brett Kavanaugh Tests Positive COVID-19

Ashley Jarrett

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Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh speaks during his ceremonial public swearing-in in the White House in Washington, D.C., October 8, 2018. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Justice Brett Kavanaugh has tested positive for COVID-19, the Supreme Court announced Friday.

Kavanaugh, who is vaccinated, has tested positive for the virus but has not developed any symptoms, according to a statement from the court.

He and the other eight justices on the bench tested negative for COVID as of Monday. Kavanaugh was tested Thursday as a prerequisite measure for attending colleague Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s investiture ceremony Friday, which he will be skipping now to avoid posing a health risk to the event.

The new term for the Supreme Court commences Monday, bringing with it a docket of many high-profile cases, including a challenge to Roe v. Wade and a restrictive New York gun law, for which oral arguments will be heard in-person for the first time since the pandemic started. Kavanaugh’s positive diagnosis will likely prevent him from joining the bench Monday.

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Formerly an online tech and science reporter at The Sun Online, Ashley stepped up to the mantle of technology reporter at the Daily Telegraph late last year. She writes about everything from drones, web security and cryptocurrency to social media apps, like Facebook and Spotify, and technology brands including Apple and Toshiba.

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