Southwest Airlines CEO Kelly Tests Positive For COVID

Senate Hearing Examines U.S. Airline Industry

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly testifies before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on December 15, 2021 in Washington, DC. Photo: Getty Images

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly is dealing with COVID. The Texas-based air carrier announced Kelly's positive test today. Kelly spent Wednesday afternoon on Capitol Hill testifying before the Senate Commerce Committee. Southwest Airlines says Kelly tested negative multiple times in Washington, DC and started feeling bad yesterday. Kelly is fully vaccinated and has gotten his booster shot.

“Although testing negative multiple times prior to the Senate Commerce Committee Hearing, Gary tested positive for COVID-19 after returning home, experiencing mild symptoms, and taking a PCR test,” a Southwest spokeswoman said in a statement. “Gary is doing well and currently resting at home, he has been fully vaccinated and received the booster earlier this year. Gary’s symptoms continue to be mild, and each day he is moving closer to a full recovery.”

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