Virus Hits Congress

Two members of the House have tested positive.

The two Representatives are Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Ben McAdams (D-UT). Via the NYT: Two members of Congress test positive for the coronavirus.

In a statement, Mr. Diaz-Balart said he had begun to develop symptoms later Saturday and received a positive test result on Wednesday.

He has been working from his apartment in Washington in self-quarantine, he said, and did not plan to return home to avoid exposing his family. He said his wife, Tia, had underlying conditions “that put her at exceptionally high risk.”


Mr. McAdams said in a statement that he developed cold-like symptons at home on Saturday night after returning from Washington, and isolated himself. He later developed a fever, dry cough and labored breathing, and learned Wednesday that his test results were positive. He said he would continue working from home until it was safe to end his self-quarantine.

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  1. Jim Brown 32 says:

    The irony that COVID19 is, in fact, Bipartisan.

  2. Jax says:

    Did anybody see Trump’s comment earlier today about how fast rich and prominent people are getting tested, while us sewer rats have to wait days/weeks or not get them at all if we don’t fit the criteria? It blows me away that he can say the quiet parts out loud like that, and conservative media lets him get away with it.

  3. Michael Reynolds says:

    Hey, wait a minute. I’m starting to think this might not be a hoax.

  4. gVOR08 says:

    @Jax: The conservative media? The supposedly liberal MSM mostly let that stuff slide.

  5. rachel says:

    @Jim Brown 32: Or rather, non-partisan.

  6. Tyrell says:

    Work from home.