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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has joined the list of politicians who have tested positive for COVID-19.

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According to The Associated Press, the 65-year-old cancer survivor shared the news in a series of tweets Monday.

“This morning, as part of my regular testing routine, I received a positive rapid test for COVID-19,” Hogan, a Republican, tweeted Monday morning. “I have been vaccinated and boosted, and I am feeling fine at the moment. As the omicron variant becomes dominant, I want to urge you to get vaccinated or get your booster shot as soon as possible.”

In another tweet shortly before 7:30 p.m. Monday, he said a PCR test confirmed the results from the earlier test.

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“Just now, I received a positive PCR test result for COVID-19, following the positive rapid test this morning,” the statement read. “I am experiencing some cold-like symptoms, and will continue to quarantine and work from home throughout the week.”

He again called on Maryland residents to get vaccinated and thanked them for their well-wishes and prayers.

Hogan’s diagnosis came the same day that federal health officials declared omicron the dominant coronavirus variant in the United States, saying the strain accounted for 73% of new infections last week, the AP reported.

New coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths appear to be on the rise in the U.S. As of Monday, the country was averaging nearly 142,000 new cases per day – an increase of 18% over the past two weeks, according to The New York Times. In the same 14-day period, new daily hospitalizations rose 14%, while deaths increased 3%, the newspaper reported.

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By Monday afternoon, about 61.5% of Americans were considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19, meaning they had received two doses of an mRNA vaccine, such as Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. About 29.8% of fully vaccinated Americans have received a booster dose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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