Former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has tested positive for COVID-19, delaying the start of her defamation trial against the New York Times that was set to begin Monday.
The news, first reported by Reuters, was announced in court by US District Judge Jed Rakoff of the Southern District of New York.
Palin initially tested positive on a rapid at-home test on Sunday night, the judge said.
“She is, of course, unvaccinated,” Rakoff added, after announcing the results of Palin’s first test.
The judge asked Palin to get retested on Monday. She tested positive again after taking a rapid test at an urgent care center, according to New York Law Journal reporter Jane Wester.
Rakoff delayed the trial until Feb. 3, as long as the former governor is not symptomatic on that date.
Palin, who disclosed that she, along with some of her other family members, had COVID last March, has openly railed against coronavirus vaccines. At a rally for right-wing group Turning Point USA last December, Palin said that she would rather die before getting a COVID vaccine.
“It’ll be over my dead body that I’ll have to get a shot,” she said. “I will not do that. I won’t do it, and they better not touch my kids either.”
On Monday evening, Palin confirmed that she tested positive during an appearance on Fox News, saying her diagnosis had been confirmed that morning.
“It is what it is,” she said. “I feel absolutely normal. Yup.”