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State Department spokesman Ned Price tests POSITIVE for COVID after meeting with Antony Blinken

State Department spokesman Ned Price tests POSITIVE for COVID after meeting with Antony Blinken multiple times last week and putting travel plans at risk

  • Price revealed Monday he has received a positive Covid-19 diagnosis after mingling with world leaders at the UNGA in New York City last week
  • Price also spent much time with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who tested negative Monday morning
  • The State Department said its medical team determined only those who had contact with Price from Saturday were at risk  


State Department spokesperson Ned Price revealed Monday he has received a positive Covid-19 diagnosis after mingling with world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City last week. 

Price also spent much time with Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the UNGA, but the secretary has tested negative for the virus as recently as Monday morning, according to State Department deputy spokesperson Jalina Porter. 

She said none of the other members of the travel team were showing symptoms. 

Price, who is vaccinated, announced the positive diagnosis on Twitter: ‘After experiencing symptoms for the first time this morning, I tested positive for COVID-19 shortly thereafter, & will now quarantine for the next 10 days. I’m feeling under the weather but am grateful for the protection from severe illness offered by safe and effective vaccines.’

State Department spokesperson Ned Price revealed Monday he has received a positive Covid-19 diagnosis after mingling with world leaders at the UNGA in New York City last week

State Department spokesperson Ned Price revealed Monday he has received a positive Covid-19 diagnosis after mingling with world leaders at the UNGA in New York City last week

Price also spent much time with Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the UNGA, but the secretary has tested negative for the virus as recently as Monday morning

Price also spent much time with Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the UNGA, but the secretary has tested negative for the virus as recently as Monday morning

On Monday, Blinken met with Thailand's Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai at the State Department

On Monday, Blinken met with Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai at the State Department

Asked if the State Department had contacted foreign delegations Price met with last week, Porter said the medical unit had concluded that only those who had contact with Price from Saturday on were at risk of exposure.

Last week, Price joined Blinken on more than half a dozen meetings with senior officials from Brazil, Britain, Turkey and the European Union. 

On Monday, Blinken met with Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai at the State Department.  

Porter said Price had not had contact with Blinken or other State Department officials since before Saturday. 

Blinken is due to travel to Pittsburgh later this week for an U.S.-EU trade and Technology conference and then next week to Europe, California and Mexico, and so far there has not been any indication that those trips will be postponed. 

The State Department did not give any indication where Price had contracted the virus. 

Brazil’s Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga tested positive after attending the UNGA with President Jair Bolsonaro.  Queiroga said he had worn a mask the entire time he was at the UN building. 

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