Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has recovered from a COVID-19 attack, will travel from Glasgow, Scotland, to Washington on Sunday, and then return to LA on Tuesday, according to his office.
President Biden plans to hold a signing ceremony in Washington on Monday for his infrastructure bill and will join governors, mayors and union and business leaders, according to his office.
A White House spokesman on Friday said the invitation list is still finalized. A Garcetti spokesman did not immediately respond Saturday night when asked if the mayor was attending the Biden event.
The mayor has also traveled to Washington in recent months for events related to his appointment as the U.S. ambassador to India, and he is expected to return for further meetings.
The White House officially nominated Garcetti in July, but it remains unclear when the Senate will take his appointment. The slow pace is a signal to some that the mayor’s confirmation is not as much a priority as approving other candidates.
The COVID diagnosis derailed the last part of his trip to an international climate conference, but the mayor continued to work on urban issues during quarantine abroad at a hotel, his office said when the diagnosis was announced on Nov. 3.
Garcetti told his staff in an email that he had developed a fever and had symptoms of a headache.
“As some of you who got COVID know, this is a virus, but I’m doing pretty well – just a few fevers and headaches right now, probably a reflection of the strength of the vaccine I got earlier this year. , ”Wrote Garcetti, who was a strong proponent of vaccination.
The mayor, who is fully vaccinated, tested positive to attend the United Nations climate change conference.
Garcetti did rapid antigen tests every day during the conference, all of which turned negative. He underwent a PCR test on November 2 in preparation for his return home. The test came back positive the next day, delaying his intended departure from November 4th.
Up to that point, Garcetti had spoken out about local climate action ahead of the UN World Summit, according to schedules published by his office. He was unable to moderate a panel “on international finance to support urban climate action” or participate in another discussion on solutions and challenges on tackling climate change.
A Times reporter at the conference described the indoor venue as packed with people from all over the world, noting that physical distancing was often impossible.
Garcetti, 50, received his first dose of the Modern Vaccine in January and his second dose in February. He plans to receive an acceleration “as soon as it is recommended that he do so,” according to a spokesman. Garcetti’s young daughter was positive about COVID-19 in December. Neither she nor Garcetti’s wife, Amy Wakeland, was with him on the trip.
Garcetti’s positive test comes as many urban employees in LA fight against a new city rule requiring proof of vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that individuals who test positive for the coronavirus and have symptoms be isolated from others for at least 10 days after the first appearance of signs of disease. Individuals should also not be around others until they are free of fever for at least 24 hours without using a fever-reducing medication and show signs of improvement in symptoms.
Times writer Dakota Smith contributed to this report.