Two members of Congress have tested positive for having the coronavirus that originated out of China.
On Wednesday night, Utah Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams announced that he self-quarantined since he tested positive for the coronavirus.
“On Saturday evening, after returning from Washington, D.C., I developed mild cold-like symptoms. In consultation with my doctor on Sunday, I immediately isolated myself in my home,” McAdams said in a statement. “I have been conducting all meetings by telephone. My symptoms got worse and I developed a fever, dry cough and labored breathing and I remained self-quarantined.”
“On Tuesday, my doctor instructed me to get tested for COVID-19 and following his referral, I went to the local testing clinic for the test,” McAdams continued. “Today I learned that I tested positive. I am still working for Utahns and pursuing efforts to get Utahns the resources they need as I continue doing my job from home until I know it is safe to end my self-quarantine. I’m doing my part as all Americans are doing to contain the spread of the virus and mitigate the coronavirus outbreak.”
McAdams concluded, “I urge Utahns to take this seriously and follow the health recommendations we’re getting from the CDC and other health experts so that we can recover from this public health threat.”
— Rep. Ben McAdams (@RepBenMcAdams) March 19, 2020
Earlier on Wednesday, Florida Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart announced his diagnosis on Twitter, writing: “I want everyone to know that I am feeling much better. However, it is important that everyone take this extremely seriously and follow CDC guidelines in order to avoid getting sick and mitigate the spread of this virus. We must continue to work together to emerge stronger as a country during these trying times.”
A statement from his office said, “In an abundance of caution, after votes on Friday, March 13th, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart decided to self-quarantine in Washington, D.C, and not return to South Florida because of his wife Tia’s pre-existing conditions that put her at exceptionally high risk. On Saturday evening, Congressman Diaz-Balart developed symptoms, including a fever and a headache. Just a short while ago, he was notified that he has tested positive for COVID-19. While in quarantine Diaz-Balart has been working from his apartment in Washington, DC.”
JUST IN: A second member of Congress, Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams, says he has also tested positive for coronavirus.
He said he developed symptoms and is self-quarantining.
— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) March 19, 2020
Things are starting to get very, very serious with the coronavirus.
The NBA has canceled its season, colleges and schools are closing for a period of time, and events across the country are either canceling or refusing to allow people in attendance to prevent the coronavirus from spreading.
During a White House press briefing on Wednesday to discuss the coronavirus, the president and his team provided several updates on their progress and some of the measures they are working on with Congress.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said his department is making 5 million N95 masks available to health workers, including 1 million immediately, and freeing up 2,000 ventilators from its stockpile.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced that the administration is working to get checks to Americans in two weeks to help workers cope with the economic effects of the crisis.
Nothing has been made official, but some reports suggest the checks could amount to up to $1,000 each.
Trump has decided to suspend all travel from the European Union as well as the U.K. and Ireland.
The president also declared a national emergency over the weekend.
A major report out of South Korea should also give hope to the United States during this crisis.