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USA TOAY has been sustaining this operating listing since March, and can proceed to replace if extra members check optimistic. WASHINGTON – At least 57 members of Congress have 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 establish any people who had contact with the members who examined optimistic, based on steering from the Office of the Attending Physician despatched by House officers to members earlier this 12 months.Dozens of lawmakers have introduced they’ve examined optimistic for COVID-19 or antibodies to the virus, which signifies they might have been beforehand contaminated.Additionally, now nearly a 12 months into the pandemic, prime members of the U.S. authorities are actually starting to obtain a vaccine, together with a lot of these on Capitol Hill.More: Here are the highest US authorities officers who’ve acquired the coronavirus vaccineHere are those that have examined optimistic for the virus or antibodies:Rep. Chuck FleischmannRep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., introduced Jan. 10 that he examined optimistic for COVID-19.”Today, I learned that I have tested positive for COVID-19 after coming into contact with another infected Member of Congress, with whom I share a residence in D.C.,” he mentioned in an announcement. “I have been in quarantine since Wednesday night, which is when I learned the individual had tested positive, and following CDC guidance.”He beforehand informed WRCB TV that the contact was Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla.Fleischmann was current within the House on Jan. 6 when Congress met to rely the votes within the Electoral College and lawmakers have been pressured to flee their chambers as a mob breached the U.S. Capitol.After the session resumed, Fleischmann was among the many House Republicans who voted to affirm objections to electoral votes in Arizona and Pennsylvania.Today, I discovered that I’ve examined optimistic for COVID-19. I’ve been in quarantine since Wednesday evening. I’ll proceed to work for my constituents whereas self-isolating. I at present really feel okay and stay in touch with the Attending Physician.— Chuck Fleischmann (@RepChuck) January 10, 2021Rep. Gus BilirakisStory continuesRep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., introduced Jan. 6 that he examined optimistic for COVID-19. As a outcome, he was not current for the joint session of the House and Senate to rely votes within the Electoral College and certify Joe Biden as President-elect.”I tested positive for COVID-19 this morning, and as such, will not be on the House Floor for today’s debate,” he wrote on Twitter. “In accordance with CDC guidelines and upon the advice of the House Physician, I am in quarantine.”Rep. Michelle SteelThe 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 check 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 an announcement from Steel.Rep. Kevin BradyRep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, introduced Jan. 5 he examined optimistic for COVID-19. He acquired 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 just lately examined adverse on New Year’s day and would start therapy Wednesday. Brady added that he ought to “be fine.”Rep. Kay GrangerRep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, introduced on Jan. 5 she examined optimistic for COVID-19. She acquired one dose of a vaccination in December. Both vaccines require two doses. 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, based on her workplace.More: New Congress sworn in with 2020 tensions nonetheless simmering, Georgia runoff loomingRep. Gwen MooreRep. 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, 2020Rep. Rick LarsenRep. 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 acquired a optimistic check outcome for the COVID-19 virus. I’m quarantining in accordance with CDC tips 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, 2020Rep. Cedric RichmondRep. 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 crew 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 tips, with them, based on 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 RogersRep. 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 WilsonRep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C. said in a press release on Dec. 16 he tested positive for COVID-19 and “will likely be taking all needed precautions, as directed by the House Physician, together with quarantining by way of the Christmas vacation.””Thankfully I really feel superb and wouldn’t have any signs,” he said, continuing that “It is so essential that all of us do our half to assist stop the unfold of this virus.”Wilson spoke on the House ground on Wednesday, and was in touch with a number of of his colleagues.Rep. Barry LoudermilkRep. 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 CalvertCongressman 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 AderholtRep. 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 BuddRep. 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 ScottRep. 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 LeeRep. 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 AllenRep. 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 CourtneyRep. 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 SteilRep. 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 ScottSen. 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 LambornRep. 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 NewhouseRep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., introduced Nov. 18 that he examined optimistic for coronavirus on the evening earlier than.”I began to feel a little run down yesterday, so I took a COVID-19 test,” Newhouse posted to Twitter when saying 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 a bit run down yesterday, so I took a COVID-19 check. Last evening, the outcomes got here again optimistic for the virus. My signs stay delicate, and I’m following CDC tips. I’m quarantining and can proceed to serve the individuals of Central Washington from home.— Rep. Dan Newhouse (@RepNewhouse) November 18, 2020Rep. Ed PerlmutterColorado 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, based on 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 GrassleyIowa 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 check got here again optimistic.Rep. Tim WalbergRepublican Tim Walberg, who has been a vocal critic of lockdowns nationally and in his home 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 BustosDemocrat 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 YoungRepublican 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, 2020Rep. Michael WaltzFlorida 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.”More: Congressman Michael Waltz tests positive for COVID-19Waltz 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 FergusonRepublican 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 HuizengaRepublican 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 fast check confirmed a optimistic outcome days earlier than President Donald Trump’s scheduled rally in his district.Rep. Mike BostIllinois Rep. Mike Bost, a Republican, mentioned Oct. 9 he examined optimistic for COVID-19 on Oct. eight after experiencing a gentle cough and a lack of style and scent.”Despite taking my temperature repeatedly and having no proof of a fever, I skilled a gentle cough and a fast lack of each style and scent 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 CarbajalCalifornia 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 in an effort to defend the well being and security of these round us.”Sen. Ron JohnsonWisconsin 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 LeeSen. 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 TillisSen. 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 HayesRep. 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 ground cleanings are the precautions which can be taken within the House. I’ve taken each doable precaution and nonetheless contracted coronavirus.”Jenniffer González-ColónGonzález-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 MeuserMeuser, R-Pa. announced he had tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 22. In a statement, he said he would be “taking all needed actions, together with suspending upcoming public occasions and dealing from home in quarantine till I obtain a adverse check outcome.”His wife tested negative, he said, and his grown children were not at home.Sen. Bill CassidyCassidy, 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 DavisRep. 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 responsibility to guard the well being of these I serve.””This morning, my temperature clocked in at 99 levels Fahrenheit, which is larger 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’ve at all times adopted and can proceed to observe CDC tips, 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 displaying no signs right now and really feel superb,” Davis said.More: How safe is Capitol Hill from COVID-19? Here’s what we know.Rep. Raúl GrijalvaRep. 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 instantly 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 out a masks to selfishly make a political assertion on the expense of their colleagues, employees, and their households.”Rep. Louie GohmertRep. 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’ve in the entire final 4 months.””I am unable to assist however marvel if by conserving a masks on and conserving it in place, I might need 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 GriffithRep. 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 “important.”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 RiceRep. 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 severe, generally lethal sickness. We, nevertheless, have fared properly,” Rice said.”I used to be fortunate, and it was not unhealthy for me. I had a low fever and a gentle cough,” he shared. “I by no means stopped consuming or ingesting or working or transferring. The solely unhealthy factor is I’ve utterly misplaced sense of style and scent. CAN’T TASTE BACON!!!”Rep. Neal DunnRep. 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 VelásquezRep. 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 KellyRep. 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.More: Trump signs $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus intended to halt economic meltdown – live updatesRep. Joe CunninghamCunningham, 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-BalartDiaz-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.’Extraordinary circumstances’: Congress mulls voting remotely to avoid coronavirus”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.”‘Abundance of caution’: Several lawmakers self-quarantine out of fear of contact with coronavirusI’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, 2020Rep. Ben McAdamsMcAdams, 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 PaulSen. 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 an announcement 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 might need contracted the sickness, however his an infection may imply a number of extra lawmakers have been uncovered.More: Coronavirus can stay within the air for hours and on surfaces for days, research findsMembers who examined optimistic for antibodiesSeveral members of Congress have 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 should not thought of definitive indicators of whether or not somebody can contract the virus once more, and false-positive outcomes are doable, based on the CDC. A USA TODAY evaluate in May additionally discovered that the FDA listing of approved antibody check suppliers included some with doubtful claims or backgrounds, resulting in questions on their accuracy.Sen. Kevin CramerSen. 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 check that got here again optimistic. I don’t know once I had COVID and have 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, 2020Rep. Devin NunesRep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., shared on Dec. 11 he tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies.Sen. Steve DainesSen. 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 objective is to assist construct confidence and belief for Montanans and the American individuals questioning if they need to take the vaccine when it’s authorized,” he mentioned in an announcement.Rep. Matt GaetzRep. 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.More: Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, a fierce Trump ally, assessments optimistic for COVID-19 antibodiesGaetz informed USA TODAY he had examined “positive for antibodies” although not the stay virus.In a sequence 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 KaineSen. 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 have been flu signs in March. When his spouse additionally developed signs, medical doctors informed them they might have had delicate types of the coronavirus, he mentioned in an announcement.”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 might proceed to observe CDC tips to guard in opposition to the unfold of the virus due to “uncertainty” over whether or not antibodies supply safety from future an infection.Sen. Bob CaseySen. Bob Casey, D-Penn., mentioned on May 29 that he had taken an antibody check 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 home in Scranton, Penn., for 2 weeks after discussing his signs together with his physician and that he could 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 examined optimistic for coronavirus?

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