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WASHINGTON – Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh tested positive Thursday for COVID-19, just three days before the court is set to convene for its first day of arguments in its next term, according to a statement from the nation’s highest court.

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Kavanaugh underwent testing ahead of a formal investiture ceremony scheduled Friday for Justice Amy Coney Barrett. He and the court’s other justices were previously tested for COVID-19 on Monday and all tested negative, officials said.

“He has no symptoms and has been fully vaccinated since January,” the court’s statement read. “Justice Kavanaugh’s wife and daughters are also fully vaccinated, and they tested negative on Thursday. As a precaution, Justice and Mrs. Kavanaugh will not attend Justice Barrett’s investiture this morning.”

Research has shown that fully vaccinated people can spread the highly transmissible delta variant of COVID-19; however, officials have noted that vaccination protects well against severe and life-threatening symptoms of the viral infection.

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As of Thursday morning, about 56% of Americans, or 184.6 million people, have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 65% of the population, or 214.3 million people, have gotten at least one dose of any of the available vaccines, according to the CDC.

Since the start of the pandemic, officials have confirmed over 43.4 million COVID-19 infections and reported more than 697,000 deaths nationwide, according to numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Over 233.8 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide, resulting in more than 4.8 million deaths, according to Johns Hopkins.