Arizona Democratic congressman tests positive for Covid-19

Ruben Hill
August 2, 2020

Grijalva "was notified by the treating doctor (on Capitol Hill) last night that he had tested positive for Covid-19", his communications director, Geoff Nolan, told CNN on Saturday.

In a statement Saturday, Grijalva criticized Republicans who don't wear masks in the building, citing the week's events. He is at least the 11th member of Congress known to have tested positive for the coronavirus. The 72-year-old congressman, who said he now has no symptoms and feels fine, had been isolating after coming into contact with Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), who tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this week.

"The Attending Physician of the Capitol informed me that I tested positive for COVID-19", the statement said. "Stopping the spread of a deadly virus should not be a partisan issue".

Grijalva said that he now has no symptoms and is self-isolating at the recommendation of an attending physician.

"I'm pleased that Speaker Pelosi has mandated the use of masks at the Capitol to keep members and staff safe from those looking to score quick political points".

Pelosi announced after Gohmert's diagnosis that wearing a mask in the House of Representatives would be required, a move praised by Grijalva.

In the Senate, where nearly all members have worn masks and office space is more spread out, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he doesn't see the need for new mandates.

The leaders in May rejected an offer from President Donald Trump to send rapid tests to the Capitol for lawmakers. At least five other House members have announced they tested positive: Republican Representatives Morgan Griffith of Virginia, Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida and Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania, and Democratic Representatives Joe Cunningham of SC and Ben McAdams of Utah. The Texas Republican was scheduled to travel with Trump to his home state that day.

The Arizona congressman chairs the House Natural Resources Committee which held a meeting Tuesday that Gohmert also attended. A Justice Department spokeswoman said Barr was tested Wednesday and the test came back negative.

Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La. tweeted Wednesday that he had dinner with Gohmert Monday and although he feels asymptomatic, he would self quarantine for 14 days.

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