Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart, Ben McAdams become 1st members of Congress to test positive for coronavirus

by Bryan Brammer · Mar 19th, 2020 7:27 am

Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) and Ben McAdams (D-Utah) on Wednesday became the first members of Congress to test positive for coronavirus.

Diaz-Balart, who first developed symptoms Saturday evening including a fever and headache, was notified Wednesday evening that he had tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement released by his office.

Although he announced he was "feeling much better," he urged Americans to take the coronavirus outbreak seriously and follow CDC guidelines to remain safe.

Shortly after Diaz-Balart received word that he was infected, Rep. Ben McAdams also announced he had tested positive after experiencing "mild cold-like symptoms" Sunday night.

He, too, encouraged others to take the coronavirus "seriously and follow the health recommendations we're getting from the CDC and other health experts."

Despite both men quarantining themselves after developing symptoms, they were present in the House Saturday morning to vote for the relief bill.

The attending physician of the U.S. Congress sent lawmakers a letter stating that their brief interactions on the House floor would be viewed as "low risk exposures."


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