Democrat Representative Joe Cunningham (D-SC) announced he has tested positive for coronavirus on Friday.
Cunningham was aware he had been exposed to a lawmaker who had the virus and began self-quarantine on March 19th.
Cunningham issued a statement saying, “I have been in contact with my doctor since I entered self-quarantine. Yesterday, my doctor instructed me to get tested for COVID-19 and following a virtual consultation on MUSC.care, I went to my local testing clinic. Today, I learned that I tested positive. While my symptoms have begun to improve, I will remain at home until I know it is safe to leave self-quarantine. I will continue to tele-work from home as Congress conducts its ongoing response to this public health crisis and my office will continue its urgent work of serving the people of the Lowcountry.”
Lawmakers have been for the most part protected, but Cunningham will be the 4th case of coronavirus in Congress. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Ben McAdams (D-UT) tested positive in early March.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has also contracted the virus and is the first Senator to test positive.
Hopefully, all affected parties will make quick recoveries with minimal long term effects.
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