Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh Tests Positive for COVID-19

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has tested positive for COVID-19, just days before the court’s new term begins in person.

The Bethesda native and Chevy Chase resident reportedly has no symptoms and has been fully vaccinated since January.

Kavanaugh is the first Supreme Court Justice to test positive for COVID-19. All of the justices, including fellow Georgetown Prep alum Neil Gorsuch, are fully vaccinated.

According to a court statement, Kavanaugh tested positive after undergoing routine testing on Thursday prior to attending Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s formal investiture Friday. He had no symptoms. The statement also confirmed that all justices – including Kavanaugh – tested negative on Sept. 27.

The court is set to hear oral arguments in person on Oct. 4 for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. There is no confirmation yet on whether Kavanaugh will be participating next week.

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