Judge Brett Kavanaugh tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday night, the high court said.
The 56-year-old Kavanaugh has been completely vaccinated against Covid since January and has no symptoms.
Kavanaugh will not sit on the bench, the start of the new term and the first personal session with all Supreme Court judges since the pandemic began.
Full statement of the Supreme Court:
On Thursday, according to the court’s regular test protocols, Judge Kavanaugh had a routine Covid test before Justice Barrett’s investment on Friday. On Thursday night, Judge Kavanaugh was informed that he had tested positive for Covid-19. He has no symptoms and has been fully vaccinated since January. According to the current court test protocol, all the judges were tested before the conference on Monday morning, and all were tested negative, including Justice Kavanaugh. Justice Kavanaugh’s wife and daughters were also fully vaccinated, and they tested negative on Thursday. As a precaution, Justice and Mrs Kavanaugh will not be attending Justice Barrett’s investments this morning.