Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart, Ben McAdams Are First Lawmakers to Announce Testing Positive for Coronavirus

by Gregg Re
FOX News

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., on Wednesday became the first member of Congress to announce that he has tested positive for coronavirus, saying he had been stricken with a fever and headache this weekend.

Shortly afterward, Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, said he too had tested positive after developing “mild cold-like symptoms” Sunday evening. The 45-year-old told constituents he first learned the test result Wednesday.

As the news broke, Republican whip Steve Scalise, R-La., issued a statement announcing he would go into quarantine, although he said he did not currently have any symptoms.

“I have just been informed that my colleague, Mario Diaz-Balart, tested positive for COVID-19. Since I had an extended meeting with him late last week, out of an abundance of caution, I have decided it would be best to self-quarantine based on the guidance of the Attending Physician of the United States Congress,” Scalise said.

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