SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced he tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday morning.  

“Thankfully, I am fully vaccinated and double boosted and only experiencing minor symptoms.  Consistent with CDC guidelines, I will quarantine and follow advice from my doctor while I continue to work remotely,” Durbin said in a statement.

The Senate is in session until August 5th, and does not have a way for isolating senators to vote on legislation remotely.

The positive test comes just two weeks after a report from the World Health Organization said cases of COVID-19 reported to WHO surged 30%, driven largely by the hugely infectious omicron relatives, BA.4 and BA.5. The two omicron subvariants have shown a worrisome ability to re-infect people previously vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID.