Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh tests positive for Covid, days before the new term begins

Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh poses during a group photo of justices at the Washington Supreme Court on April 23, 2021.

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Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh tested positive for the coronavirus, the court said on Friday, just three days before your next term begins.

Kavanaugh, 56, shows no symptoms of the virus, the court said. He has been fully vaccinated against Covid since January.

The court said that, as a precautionary measure, Kavanaugh and his wife will not attend a Friday morning event for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the newest member of the court, to be sworn in at the so-called inauguration ceremony.

On Wednesday, Kavanaugh participated in a three-mile charity run in Washington.

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh crosses the finish line during the ACLI Capital Challenge 3 Mile Team Race in Anacostia Park on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021.

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The court’s statement did not indicate that the result of Kavanaugh’s test would affect the start of the new term next Monday. The nine magistrates are ready to hear oral arguments in person, 19 months after the pandemic forced their proceedings to be carried out virtually.

A court spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for additional information.

Covid poses a greater threat to the health of older adults. Stephen Breyer, the oldest member of the court, is 83 years old. Three judges, Breyer, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, are at least 70 years old. Barrett, 49, is the youngest judge.

All nine judges had been vaccinated against the virus in March.

Kavanaugh took a Covid test on Thursday before Barrett’s Investiture Ceremonythe court said. That night, Kavanaugh was told that he had tested positive.

All the judges, including Kavanaugh, tested negative Monday morning before a private conference in which they discussed adding new cases to the docket, the court said.

Kavanaugh’s wife and daughters also tested negative Thursday, according to the court.

Read the full statement from the court below:

On Thursday, per the Court’s regular testing protocols, Judge Kavanaugh had a routine Covid test prior to Judge Barrett’s inauguration on Friday. On Thursday night, Judge Kavanaugh was informed that he had tested positive for Covid-19. He has no symptoms and has been fully vaccinated since January. Under the Court’s current testing protocols, all judges were screened Monday morning before the conference and all tested negative, including Judge Kavanaugh. Judge Kavanaugh’s wife and daughters are also fully vaccinated and tested negative Thursday. As a precaution, the judge and Mrs. Kavanaugh will not be attending Judge Barrett’s inauguration this morning.

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