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WASHINGTON – At least 55 members of Congress have already examined optimistic for COVID-19, its antibodies or been recognized with the coronavirus because the nation continues to grapple with the pandemic.

Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending doctor on the U.S. Capitol, has been working to determine any people who had contact with the members who examined optimistic, in response to steering from the Office of the Attending Physician despatched by House officers to members earlier this yr.

Dozens of lawmakers have already introduced they have already examined optimistic for COVID-19 or antibodies to the virus, which signifies they could have already been beforehand contaminated.

Additionally, now practically a yr into the pandemic, prime members of the U.S. authorities at the moment are starting to obtain a vaccine, together with a lot of these on Capitol Hill.

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Here are those that have already examined optimistic for the virus or antibodies:

Rep. Michelle Steel

The workplace of Rep. Michelle Steel, R-Calif., introduced on Jan. 6 that she had examined optimistic. Steel mentioned she had no signs however was examined take a look at out of an abundance of warning after coming into contact with somebody who was optimistic.

“At the advice of the Attending Physician, and to protect the health of my colleagues, I will be quarantining,” mentioned a press release from Steel.

Rep. Kevin Brady

Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, introduced Jan. 5 he examined optimistic for COVID-19. He obtained one dose of a vaccination in December. Both vaccines require two doses.

“Tonite the Office of House Physician informed me that I’ve tested positive for Covid 19 & am quarantined,” Brady mentioned on Twitter.

He mentioned he’d lately examined destructive on New Year’s day and would start remedy Wednesday. Brady added that he ought to “be fine.”

Rep. Kay Granger

Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, introduced on Jan. 5 she examined optimistic for COVID-19. She obtained one dose of a vaccination in December. Both vaccines require two doses.

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According to her workplace, she was examined when she “arrived in DC for the beginning of the 117th Congress” and “was later notified that she tested positive and immediately quarantined.”

Granger is at present asymptomatic, in response to her workplace.

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Rep. Gwen Moore

Rep. Gwen Moore, a Democrat from Wisconsin, introduced on Dec. 28 she had examined optimistic for COVID-19.

“I tested positive for COVID-19. I am following guidance from my doctor and am isolating from others,” Moore wrote on Twitter. “I am thankful to be feeling well. And I do not foresee this disrupting my work for Wisconsin’s Fourth.”

I examined optimistic for COVID-19. I’m following steering from my physician and am isolating from others. I’m grateful to be feeling properly. And I don’t foresee this disrupting my work for Wisconsin’s Fourth.

— Rep. Gwen Moore (@RepGwenMoore) December 28, 2020

Rep. Rick Larsen

Rep. Rick Larsen, a Democrat representing Washington state, introduced on Dec. 23 he had examined optimistic for COVID-19 the day earlier than.

“Yesterday, I received a positive test result for the COVID-19 virus. I am quarantining in accordance with CDC guidelines and am not experiencing any symptoms,” he tweeted. “I am prepared to vote by proxy in the coming days if the House schedules votes.”

Yesterday, I obtained a optimistic take a look at consequence for the COVID-19 virus. I’m quarantining in accordance with CDC pointers and am not experiencing any signs. I’m ready to vote by proxy within the coming days if the House schedules votes.

— Rep. Rick Larsen (@RepRickLarsen) December 23, 2020

Rep. Cedric Richmond

Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., who will function senior adviser to President-elect Joe Biden and director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, examined optimistic for COVID-19, Biden’s transition workforce introduced Dec. 17.

He traveled to Georgia for a marketing campaign occasion to assist Jon Ossoff’s and Rev. Raphael Warnock’s Senate runoff races on Tuesday, Dec. 15, the place Biden was current, however was not in shut contact, per the CDC’s pointers, with them, in response to spokesperson Kate Bedingfield. He first had signs Wednesday, Dec. 16.

“Richmond’s interactions with the President-elect happened in open air, were masked and totaled less than 15 consecutive minutes, the CDC’s timeframe for close contact. Richmond traveled to Georgia on his own and not with the President-elect,” Bedingfield mentioned.

Richmond will quarantine for 14 days earlier than returning to work with the transition or Congress.

Rep. Mike Rogers

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., mentioned he examined optimistic for COVID-19 and was experiencing “mild symptoms” on Dec. 17.

Rogers was self-isolating, he mentioned, however “otherwise was in good spirits and looking forward to getting back to work soon.

Rep. Joe Wilson

Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C. said in a press release on Dec. 16 he tested positive for COVID-19 and “might be taking all essential precautions, as directed by the House Physician, together with quarantining by the Christmas vacation.”

“Thankfully I really feel advantageous and don’t have already any signs,” he said, continuing that “It is so essential that all of us do our half to assist forestall the unfold of this virus.”

Wilson spoke on the House flooring on Wednesday, and was involved with a number of of his colleagues.

Rep. Barry Loudermilk

Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., mentioned in a Dec. 15 assertion he had examined optimistic after coming into contact with another person who had examined optimistic for COVID-19.

“I’m quarantining at home in Georgia, with mild symptoms,” he said, but looked forward to returning to work as soon as possible.

Rep. Ken Calvert

Congressman Ken Calvert, a Republican from California, announced on December 15 he had tested positive for COVID-19 late November but has now recovered.

“I did experience symptoms, but am now back to full strength. Having been cleared to travel, I returned to DC yesterday. I regret missing votes during my quarantine, especially on passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, and I have inserted my views on all missed votes into the Congressional Record,” Calvert said in a statement.

Rep. Robert Aderholt

Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., announced he tested positive for COVID-19 but was experiencing no symptoms. He said in a statement he had been tested and went into isolation after his wife Caroline tested positive for COVID-19. He would continue to isolate, he said.

“I fully expected to receive a negative test, because I have felt, and continue to feel fine, and have no symptoms,” he said. “Unfortunately, I received word Friday morning that my test came back positive.”

Rep. Ted Budd

Rep. Ted Budd, R-N.C., announced on Dec. 1 he tested positive for COVID-19and said he was experiencing mild symptoms.

Budd said he will quarantine in North Carolina and work with his staff in Washington remotely.

“I don’t want to worry folks; I’m following CDC guidelines and I’ll be alright,” Budd said in a video posted to his Twitter account. “Even though I have to stay here in North Carolina for the time being, I’ll keep fighting for solutions that will help people who are feeling the impact of COVID much worse than I am.”

Rep. Austin Scott

Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., has tested positive for COVID-19, according to his office on Nov. 30.

“Rep. Scott has tested positive for COVID-19 and is following guidance from the House Attending Physician as well as his personal physician,” Chief of Staff Jason Lawrence said in a statement provided to USA TODAY. “Austin and Vivien are appreciative of the prayers and well wishes.”

Rep. Susie Lee

Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nev., shared the news that she tested positive for the virus on Nov. 25, one day following her mother’s death after “months of deteriorating health.”

The congresswoman said she had traveled to Ohio Monday, Nov. 23, as her mother began receiving hospice care. Though Lee said she tested negative on Sunday in anticipation of the trip, her test on Wednesday was positive.

“I am currently asymptomatic and plan to participate in remote memorial services for my mother over the weekend,” Lee wrote in a statement. “Starting next week, I will continue my congressional work remotely while isolating until I know that it is safe to exit isolation.”

Rep. Rick Allen

Rep. Rick Allen, R-Ga., said in a Nov. 24 statement he tested positive for COVID-19 after “undergoing regular COVID-19 testing.”

“I do not have any symptoms and will continue to work on behalf of the 12th District from home as I quarantine,” he said.

Rep. Joe Courtney

Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., said in a statement that he learned he had been exposed to the virus by someone who was unaware they were infected at the time.

“Upon learning of that initial exposure, I immediately began following the strict isolation guidelines laid out by the CDC and by my doctor while I waited to get a coronavirus test,” Courtney said in a statement. “After my first test came back negative, I continued to isolate but began to experience mild symptoms. I got another test and, this evening I was notified that the second test came back positive.”

Courtney said the experience reinforced his belief that “we’ve got to remain vigilant about wearing masks, social distancing, and the basic essentials like washing our hands frequently.”

Rep. Bryan Steil

Rep. Bryan Steil, R-Wisc., said in a Nov. 22 statement he tested positive for COVID-19 after he began to experience mild symptoms.

He said he would begin “immediately quarantining” but plans to continue to work from home.

Sen. Rick Scott

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., announced Nov. 20 that he tested positive for COVID-19 and was experiencing “very mild symptoms.”

“After several negative tests, I learned I was positive for COVID-19 this AM,” Scott said in a tweet, adding that he was “feeling good.”

“I’ll be working from home until it’s safe for me to return to DC,” Scott tweeted. “I remind everyone to be careful & do the right things to protect yourselves & others.”

Rep. Doug Lamborn

Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., announced Nov. 18 he tested “recently tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms.”

Lamborn is “isolating at his home in Colorado Springs” a statement reads. “The Congressman will continue to work for the district from home and his staff will continue to provide the best of constituent services. He looks forward to resuming his normal schedule soon.”

Rep. Dan Newhouse

Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., introduced Nov. 18 that he examined optimistic for coronavirus on the night time earlier than.

“I began to feel a little run down yesterday, so I took a COVID-19 test,” Newhouse posted to Twitter when asserting his optimistic analysis. “My symptoms remain mild, and I am following CDC guidelines.”

“I am quarantining and will continue to serve the people of Central Washington from home.”

I started to really feel somewhat run down yesterday, so I took a COVID-19 take a look at. Last night time, the outcomes got here again optimistic for the virus. My signs stay gentle, and I’m following CDC pointers. I’m quarantining and can proceed to serve the folks of Central Washington from dwelling.

— Rep. Dan Newhouse (@RepNewhouse) November 18, 2020

Rep. Ed Perlmutter

Colorado Democrat Ed Perlmutter introduced that he examined optimistic for the coronavirus the night of Nov. 17.

“As of now, I am asymptomatic and I’m feeling good,” Perlmutter mentioned in a written assertion. “I am currently in Washington, D.C. and plan to isolate in my apartment while continuing to work and voting remotely.”

Perlmutter was final seen on Capitol Hill the day earlier than he examined optimistic, in response to C-SPAN.

“I’ve been taking precautions like so many Coloradans over the past eight months. … As we enter the holiday season, I encourage everyone to continue to heed the warnings of no personal gatherings, social distancing, and wearing a mask,” Perlmutter’s assertion reads.

Sen. Chuck Grassley

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the oldest Republican at present serving within the Senate, introduced he examined optimistic for the coronavirus the afternoon of Nov. 17.

“I’ve tested positive for coronavirus. I’ll b following my doctors’ orders/CDC guidelines & continue to quarantine. I’m feeling good + will keep up on my work for the ppl of Iowa from home. I appreciate everyone’s well wishes + prayers &look fwd to resuming my normal schedule soon,” Grassley wrote on Twitter.

Grassley, 87, had gone into quarantine and was examined that morning after studying he’d been uncovered to the virus. That take a look at got here again optimistic.

Rep. Tim Walberg

Republican Tim Walberg, who has been a vocal critic of lockdowns nationally and in his dwelling state of Michigan, introduced that he’d examined optimistic for COVID-19 on Nov. 16.

“I received news yesterday that I tested positive for COVID-19. My symptoms are mild, and I remain in good spirits,” Walberg told The Detroit News.

“It has been more than a week since I have attended a public event. In conjunction with health officials, my office and I are in the process of reaching out to individuals I had contact with before my self-isolation began,” he said.

Walberg’s statement did not say when he began to self-isolate.

“My symptoms are mild, and I remain in good spirits,” he said.

Rep. Cheri Bustos

Democrat Cheri Bustos of Illinois said that she tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 16.

Bustos, who recently announced she would not seek reelection as chief of the House Democratic campaign arm, is quarantining after her positive test.

“I am experiencing mild symptoms, but still feel well,” the congresswoman tweeted. “I have been in contact with my medical provider and, per CDC guidance, am self-isolating.”

I have tested positive for the COVID virus. I am experiencing mild symptoms, but still feel well.

I have been in contact with my medical provider and, per CDC guidance, am self-isolating.

— Rep. Cheri Bustos (@RepCheri) November 16, 2020

“We must all continue to be vigilant in following public health best practices,” Bustos cautioned. “Wear a mask, practice social distancing, get your flu shot and wash your hands.”

Rep. Don Young

Republican Don Young of Alaska announced on Nov. 12 he had tested positive for COVID-19.

Young, 87, is the longest-serving member of the House and is Alaska’s only Representative.

He tweeted he is “feeling strong, following proper protocols, working from home in Alaska, and ask for privacy at this time.”

I have tested positive for COVID-19. I am feeling strong, following proper protocols, working from home in Alaska, and ask for privacy at this time. May God Bless Alaska.

— Rep. Don Young (@repdonyoung) November 12, 2020

Rep. Michael Waltz

Florida Republican Rep. Michael Waltz announced on Nov. 6 he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I’ve purposefully tested every week, have now isolated, and reached out to people for notifications,” Waltz said in a statement released through campaign spokeswoman, Erin Isaac. “We are fortunate all of my staff or family are fine.”

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Waltz said suspected he contracted COVID-19 in his district sometime while out and about meeting voters before the election, or with campaign workers on Election Day.

Rep. Drew Ferguson

Republican Drew Ferguson of Georgia’s third district announced a positive COVID test Oct. 30 after feeling “mild symptoms” and then a “slight fever.”

Ferguson said planned to work from home and self-quarantine.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp also announced Oct. 30 they would go in quarantine after coming into contact with a person who had tested positive for COVID-19. The statement released by Kemp’s office did not mention the name of the individual, but Kemp and Ferguson attended an event for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign together on Oct. 27.

Rep. Bill Huizenga

Republican Rep. Bill Huizenga of Michigan’s second district announced he tested positive for COVID-19 using a rapid test on Oct. 14, ahead of a scheduled appearance with Vice President Mike Pence.

“Earlier today, I was expected to appear with the Vice President. While taking part in offsite testing protocols, I took a rapid test that came back positive for COVID-19. I am awaiting the results of a PCR test and I am self isolating until I have confirmed results,” Huizenga tweeted.

The congressman was anticipated at a marketing campaign cease in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the place Pence held a rally. Huizenga’s speedy take a look at confirmed a optimistic consequence days earlier than President Donald Trump’s scheduled rally in his district.

Rep. Mike Bost

Illinois Rep. Mike Bost, a Republican, mentioned Oct. 9 he examined optimistic for COVID-19 on Oct. 8 after experiencing a light cough and a lack of style and odor.

“Despite taking my temperature usually and having no proof of a fever, I skilled a light cough and a speedy lack of each style and odor and acknowledged it was essential to get examined instantly,” he said.

Bost said he was postponing his public events, and all his staff who had been in close contact with him would quarantine until they were tested themselves.

Rep. Salud Carbajal

California Rep. Salud Carbajal, a Democrat, said Oct. 6 he tested positive for COVID-19 after being exposed to someone who had tested positive for COVID-19.

“I hope this serves a reminder of how simply this virus can unfold,” he said. “I adopted each precaution, together with sporting a masks, social distancing, and hand-washing and sadly was nonetheless uncovered. It is incumbent on each single one in every of us to take cautious precautions as a way to shield the well being and security of these round us.”

Sen. Ron Johnson

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, was the third GOP senator to announce a positive test result for coronavirus since President Donald Trump announced he and first lady Melania Trump were infected with COVID-19.

“Senator Johnson feels wholesome and isn’t experiencing signs,” Johnson’s office said a statement. “He will stay remoted till given the all-clear by his physician.”

Johnson’s office said he had been exposed to someone who tested positive on Sept. 14 and stayed in quarantine for 14 days. During that time, he tested negative. On Sept. 29, he returned to Washington where he came into contact with someone who had the virus. Johnson got tested again and the test came back positive, his office said.

Sen. Mike Lee

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, announced on Oct. 2 that he has tested positive for coronavirus and will remain on quarantine for the next 10 days. Lee’s announcement came hours after Trump’s announcement that he and the first lady had the coronavirus. Hope Hicks, one of Trump’s closest advisers with whom he had traveled recently, tested positive earlier.

Lee said he was experiencing symptoms consistent with allergies and tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after. Before he tested positive, Lee met with Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, and was seen in a picture standing next to the judge. Both aren’t wearing masks.

Sen. Thom Tillis

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, said on Oct. 2 that he has tested positive for coronavirus. Tillis said he isn’t experiencing symptoms and will isolate for 10 days.

Both Lee and Tillis were at an event at the Rose Garden earlier this week when Trump announced Barrett’s nomination. Attendees were seen sitting close to each other and not wearing masks.

Rep. Jahana Hayes

Rep. Jahana Hayes, a Democrat from Connecticut, announced on Sept. 20 she had COVID-19.

Hayes had posted a series of tweets that included a video of her getting tested. She noted that members of Congress have not been frequently tested for the virus.

She wrote, “Masks, social distancing & frequent flooring cleanings are the precautions which are taken within the House. I have already taken each doable precaution and nonetheless contracted coronavirus.”

Jenniffer González-Colón

González-Colón, Puerto Rico’s nonvoting member of Congress and a Republican, said she tested positive for COVID-19 in a Aug. 24 Facebook video. She said it had been a “mistake” for her to attend indoor campaign events with other Puerto Rican officials in the territory’s primary. She was asymptomatic, she said, but would self-isolate for two weeks.

Rep. Dan Meuser

Meuser, R-Pa. announced he had tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 22. In a statement, he said he would be “taking all essential actions, together with suspending upcoming public occasions and dealing from dwelling in quarantine till I obtain a destructive take a look at consequence.”

His wife tested negative, he said, and his grown children were not at home.

Sen. Bill Cassidy

Cassidy, R-La., tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 20 after being exposed to an individual with the coronavirus, his office said. Cassidy, a gastroenterologist, said he would quarantine for 14 days and notify everyone who may have come into contact with him.

“I am strictly following the direction of our medical experts and strongly encourage others to do the same,” Cassidy said in a statement.

Rep. Rodney Davis

Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., announced he tested positive after regularly taking his temperature “as a result of serving in Congress means I work together with many individuals, and it’s my obligation to guard the well being of these I serve.”

“This morning, my temperature clocked in at 99 levels Fahrenheit, which is increased than regular for me,” he said Aug. 5. That led to him getting tested.

Davis did not say where he thinks he got the virus, saying that he and his staff “take COVID-19 very severely.”

“My spouse is a nurse and a most cancers survivor, which places her in an at-risk class like so many Americans,” Rodney continued, saying his wife’s test came back negative this morning. “My workplace and I have already all the time adopted and can proceed to observe CDC pointers, use social distancing, and put on masks or face coverings when social distancing can’t be maintained.”

“Other than a higher-than-normal temperature, I’m exhibiting no signs right now and really feel advantageous,” Davis said.

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Rep. Raúl Grijalva

Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., tested positive for COVID-19 after a week in Washington, D.C., that included a hearing with Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, who announced he had tested positive earlier the same week.

Grijalva said he was asymptomatic and in self-quarantine at his residence in the Washington area. It isn’t clear how Grijalva contracted the virus, but the House Natural Resources Committee hearing that included Gohmert is a possibility.

“While I can’t blame anybody straight for this, this week has proven that there are some Members of Congress who fail to take this disaster severely,” Grijalva said in a written statement Aug. 1. “Numerous Republican members routinely strut across the Capitol with no masks to selfishly make a political assertion on the expense of their colleagues, workers, and their households.”

Rep. Louie Gohmert

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, tested positive for COVID-19 on July 29 ahead of a scheduled trip with the president to Texas on Air Force One. He said he was not experiencing any symptoms, but was tested at the White House before the trip, and would be self-quarantining for 10 days per the advice of White House and Congress physicians.

Gohmert was seen around Capitol Hill without wearing a mask ahead of his diagnosis, but claimed he had worn one more often in the last two weeks “greater than I have already in the entire final 4 months.”

“I am unable to assist however marvel if by maintaining a masks on and maintaining it in place, I would have already put some germs — some virus — onto the masks and breathed it in,” Gohmert said in an interview with Texas station KETK.

The day before testing positive, Gohmert had participated in a House Judiciary Committee hearing with Attorney General Bill Barr.

Rep. Morgan Griffith

Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., announced July 14 that he tested positive for COVID-19. He said on Twitter that he has been self-isolating since noticing symptoms, which are currently not “vital.”

Griffith held a news conference July 9 with other members of the House Freedom Caucus, a conservative and libertarian sect of Congress, where they encouraged President Donald Trump and state officials to reopen schools across America in the fall for in-person instruction.

Rep. Tom Rice

Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C., announced in a June 15 Facebook post that he, along with his wife and son had been infected.

“COVID-19 is a critical, generally lethal sickness. We, nevertheless, have already fared properly,” Rice said.

“I used to be fortunate, and it was not dangerous for me. I had a low fever and a gentle cough,” he shared. “I by no means stopped consuming or ingesting or working or shifting. The solely dangerous factor is I have already fully misplaced sense of style and odor. CAN’T TASTE BACON!!!”

Rep. Neal Dunn

Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., announced April 9 he had a positive test for the coronavirus after visiting the emergency room “out of an abundance of warning” the evening of April 6. Dunn, 67, was not admitted to the hospital, but met the guidelines to receive testing.

Dunn’s office said he quarantined at home and expected “a full restoration quickly.”

“He is keenly interested in new and faster testing to help everyone understand their risks … (and) reminds everyone that it is important for us all to stay home unless they are an essential employee or need essential items from stores or pharmacies,” his office said in a statement.

Rep. Nydia Velásquez

Rep. Nydia Velásquez, D-N.Y., announced March 30 that the Office of the Attending Physician had diagnosed her “with presumed coronavirus infection.”

Velásquez isolated herself at home and because her symptoms were mild, “neither COVID-19 laboratory testing nor a doctor’s visit was recommended.”

Rep. Mike Kelly

Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., announced March 27 that he tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing flu-like symptoms earlier in the week.

Kelly said that he was tested “at the drive-through testing site” at a Butler, Pennsylvania, hospital.

“My symptoms remain mild, and I will serve the 16th district from home until I fully recover,” his statement said, adding that he was “not in Washington for the House vote on the third coronavirus relief package” but that he would have voted in favor of it.

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Rep. Joe Cunningham

Cunningham, D-S.C., announced a positive test for the coronavirus on Friday, March 27.

“While I otherwise feel fine, since March 17th I have been unable to smell or taste, which I learned this week is a potential symptom of COVID-19,” he said in a statement. Cunningham said he was tested on Thursday after a remote consultation with a physician and received a positive result Friday.

“While my symptoms have begun to improve, I will remain at home until I know it is safe to leave self-quarantine,” Cunningham said in a statement, adding that he would continue to work remotely.

Cunningham said he had been in self-quarantine since March 19 after coming into contact with another member of Congress who tested positive.

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart

Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., announced on March 18 that he tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first known member of Congress to contract the rapidly spreading virus.

Diaz-Balart, 58, who represents parts of Miami and South Florida, said in a statement that he decided to self-quarantine in Washington Friday night after voting with hundreds of his colleagues on the House floor for a coronavirus relief package. He said he decided to stay in Washington because his wife has pre-existing conditions, and thus is more susceptible to contracting the coronavirus.

Diaz-Balart said that the following day, he started to show symptoms that included a fever and headache. He was notified on Wednesday that he tested positive for the coronavirus. In the statement, Diaz-Balart did not indicate where he may have contracted the illness, nor why he decided to self-quarantine.

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“I want everyone to know that I am feeling much better,” Diaz-Balart said in a statement. “However, it is important that everyone take this extremely seriously and follow CDC guidelines in order to avoid getting sick and mitigate the spread of this virus. We must continue to work together to emerge stronger as a country during these trying times.”

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I’m feeling much better. However, it’s important that everyone take this seriously and follow @CDCgov guidelines in order to avoid getting sick & mitigate the spread of this virus. We must continue to work together to emerge stronger as a country during these trying times.

— Mario Diaz-Balart (@MarioDB) March 18, 2020

Rep. Ben McAdams

McAdams, D-Utah, said he started developing mild symptoms Saturday, March 21, after returning from Washington, D.C., and immediately began isolating himself after consultation with his doctor.

“On Tuesday, my doctor instructed me to get tested for COVID-19 and following his referral, I went to the local testing clinic for the test,” he said in a statement. “Today I learned that I tested positive.

“I Urge Utahns to take this seriously and follow the health recommendations we’re getting from the CDC and other health experts so that we can recover from this public threat,” said McAdams, 45.

Sen. Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus and was quarantining, his office announced Sunday, March 22. Paul said in an update on April 7 he had been retested with a negative result and started volunteering at a local hospital.

“Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19,” reads a press release on his official Twitter feed March 22. “He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person.

“He expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends and will continue to work for the people of Kentucky at this difficult time. Ten days ago, our D.C. office began operating remotely, hence virtually no staff has had contact with Senator Rand Paul.”

The assertion didn’t say when Paul examined optimistic, nor when he would possibly have already contracted the sickness, however his an infection might imply a number of extra lawmakers had been uncovered.

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Members who examined optimistic for antibodies

Several members of Congress have already mentioned they examined optimistic for antibodies to the coronavirus, indicating that they beforehand had the virus. When the virus is contracted, the physique’s immune system works to defend itself by producing antibodies that combat off an infection.

Antibody assessments are usually not thought of definitive indicators of whether or not somebody can contract the virus once more, and false-positive outcomes are doable, in response to the CDC. A USA TODAY evaluate in May additionally discovered that the FDA record of approved antibody take a look at suppliers included some with doubtful claims or backgrounds, resulting in questions on their accuracy.

Sen. Kevin Cramer

Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., mentioned on Dec. 23 that he had examined optimistic for antibodies.

“Earlier this month I took a curiosity COVID antibody take a look at that got here again optimistic. I don’t know after I had COVID and have already by no means had a symptom,” he tweeted.

Earlier this month I took a curiosity COVID antibody test that came back positive. I don’t know when I had COVID and have never had a symptom. I suspect there are many people who have had this virus and don’t know it. I encourage people to test for antibodies. #TrumpVaccines

— Sen. Kevin Cramer (@SenKevinCramer) December 23, 2020

Rep. Devin Nunes

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., shared on Dec. 11 he tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies.

Sen. Steve Daines

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., announced in November he had had participated in the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine trial, and then tested positive for antibodies.

“My purpose is to assist construct confidence and belief for Montanans and the American folks questioning if they need to take the vaccine when it’s permitted,” he mentioned in a press release.

Rep. Matt Gaetz

Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Republican from Florida and shut ally of President Donald Trump, mentioned he examined optimistic for the virus antibodies on Nov. 3, Election Day.

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Gaetz informed USA TODAY he had examined “positive for antibodies” although not the reside virus.

In a collection of texts, Gaetz wrote that he has “no symptoms.” He mentioned he has no plans to quarantine and doesn’t know the place he picked up the antibodies.

Sen. Tim Kaine

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., introduced May 28 that each he and his spouse had examined optimistic for antibodies, after he had skilled what he thought had been flu signs in March. When his spouse additionally created signs, docs informed them they could have already had gentle types of the coronavirus, he mentioned in a press release.

“We were both at home in Richmond, working remotely and isolated from others,” Kaine mentioned. “Due to the national testing shortage, we were not tested for the virus but continued isolating and watched for any worsening of symptoms. By mid-April we were symptom free.”

Kaine mentioned they’d proceed to observe CDC pointers to guard towards the unfold of the virus due to “uncertainty” over whether or not antibodies provide safety from future an infection.

Sen. Bob Casey

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Penn., mentioned on May 29 that he had taken an antibody take a look at that got here again optimistic after experiencing a fever and flu-like signs earlier within the spring.

“This positive test means that I likely had COVID-19 at some point over the last several months and have since developed an antibody response to the virus,” he mentioned in a press launch.

Casey mentioned he self-quarantined and labored from dwelling in Scranton, Penn., for 2 weeks after discussing his signs along with his physician and that he can be donating his plasma to assist coronavirus sufferers.

Contributing: John Fritze, Christal Hayes, Jason Lalljee, Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY; Ronald J. Hansen, Arizona Republic; Rana Cash, Savannah Morning News

This article initially appeared on USA TODAY: COVID: Which members of Congress have already examined optimistic for coronavirus?

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