Up until this point, members of Congress had gone into self-quarantine over concerns of coming in contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19, but none had contracted the disease themselves. Now, however, things have changed.
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) became the first lawmaker in Congress to test positive for the coronavirus, he announced Wednesday, according to Politico. The development that was soon followed by Rep. Ben McAdams’ (D-UT) confirmation that he had also contracted the illness.
Concerns in GOP
The concerns in Congress right now are very real, due to circumstances that occurred at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). One attendee of the event later tested positive for COVID-19, and he reportedly had contact with multiple individuals who then came into direct contact with President Donald Trump.
Additionally, a member of the Brazilian delegation that visited with Trump at Mar-a-Lago last week later tested positive for the virus.
For this reason, senators including Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) put themselves into self-quarantine. They did, however, test negative, as did President Trump.
That was, however, not the case for Congressman Diaz-Balart. According to the Breitbart report, he first started experiencing symptoms on Saturday night.
Diaz-Balart complained of both a fever and a headache, and due to these symptoms, he was tested and found to be positive. He did, however, state that he is recovering well on Wednesday, and it would seem that he will make a full recovery.
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. pic.twitter.com/g5W5vSQIyH
— Mario Diaz-Balart (@MarioDB) March 18, 2020
Utah Democrat tests positive
Shortly after Diaz-Balart’s announcement, Utah’s Ben McAdams also announced that he had tested positive for coronavirus.
McAdams released a statement on Wednesday confirming that he began to feel symptoms on Saturday, and he immediately self-isolated at the advice of his doctor.
“My symptoms got worse and I developed a fever, a dry cough and labored breathing and I remained self-quarantine,” McAdams explained. “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. Today I learned I tested positive.”
He also warned his colleagues that he’s “concerned” about having possibly exposed them to the virus on Saturday morning when he was present for a House vote. “Anyone who had close contact with me from Friday onward should be concerned and should probably take precautions,” McAdams said.