WASHINGTON (AP) – Homeland Security Minister Alejandro Mallorcas tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday and is in isolation at home, the agency said.
The secretary has been fully vaccinated and is experiencing only “mild nasal congestion,” DHS said in a statement.
The agency said he will work from home in accordance with protocols recommended by the US Centers for Disease and Prevention.
DHS said contract tracing is being conducted, among other things, to identify possible contamination.
Majorcas was with President Joe Biden on Saturday at the annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service at the Capitol, standing on the podium between First Lady Jill Biden and FBI Director Christopher Ray. The White House said they were not determined to maintain close contact with the DHS secretary given that the memorial service was taking place outside.
A positive test result requires him to cancel his planned trip to Colombia this week, where he was about to join Secretary of State Anthony Blinken for a discussion centered in part on efforts to tackle what officials say is an unprecedented influx of migrants, especially from Venezuela and Haiti. , all over the hemisphere.
DHS, the third largest agency of the Cabinet Office, oversees major immigration law enforcement agencies, among other things.