“Secretary Mayorkas tested positive this morning for the COVID-19 virus after taking a test as part of routine pre-travel protocols. Secretary Mayorkas is experiencing only mild congestion; he is fully vaccinated and will isolate and work at home per CDC protocols and medical advice. Contact tracing is underway,” department spokesperson Marsha Espinosa said in a statement.
Mayorkas was planning to join Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on a trip to Colombia later this week. Blinken will be making his first visit as Secretary of State to South America, with stops in Ecuador and Colombia.