Congress is not immune to coronavirus COVID-19, with Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (a 9th-term Florida Republican) and Rep. Ben McAdams (a new Democrat from Utah) announcing they've tested positive for coronavirus.
The two members of Congress are now the first US lawmakers to be struck down with coronavirus, with Diaz-Balart feeling the symptoms on Saturday -- hours before he left the House floor for a vote on a coronavirus response bill. He explained: "I want everyone to know that I am feeling much better".
Diaz-Balart added: "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".
McAdams felt his symptoms on Saturday night upon returning to Utah, and began self-quarantining at the advice of his doctor. In a statement, McAdams said: "My symptoms got worse and I developed a fever, a dry cough and labored breathing and I remained self-quarantined. 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 that I tested positive".
Last updated: Jun 16, 2020 at 04:29 pm CDT
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