• On Wednesday it was announced Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart and Ben McAdams tested positive for coronavirus
  • Diaz-Balart said on Twitter on Wednesday he felt better but urged people to take CDC instructions seriously
  • McAdams said on Wednesday he began feeling ill on Saturday and got tested on Tuesday for COVID-19

It was announced two members of Congress have tested positive for COVID-19. Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart and Ben McAdams are officially the first members of Congress to test positive for the coronavirus.

On Saturday evening, Florida Republican Congressman Diaz-Balart first developed symptoms that included fever and headache. On Twitter, Diaz-Balart said “I feel better.” He went on to say he believed it is “important we all take this seriously and that we all follow the CDC’s instructions to avoid the disease and its spread as much as possible.”

On Wednesday, McAdams, a Democratic Congressman from Utah, announced he also had been diagnosed with COVID-19. In a statement he released, McAdams said he too developed “cold-like symptoms” on Saturday evening after returning from Washington DC. After consulting with his doctor on Sunday, McAdams said he “immediately isolated myself at home.”

McAdams said his symptoms became worse. He developed a fever, dry cough, and labored breathing as he remained in self-quarantine. On Tuesday, McAdams’ doctor told him to get tested for COVID-19. Following his doctor’s instructions, McAdams was tested. On Wednesday his results came back positive. McAdams also urged people to take recommendations from the CDC seriously.

So far at least 14 other lawmakers have announced they are self-quarantined after coming into contact with someone infected.



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