WASHINGTON – Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, became the second U.S. lawmaker to test positive for COVID-19.
McAdams, 45, said that he started developing mild symptoms on Saturday after returning from Washington, D.C., and immediately began isolating himself after consultation with his doctor.
“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,” he said in a statement “Today I learned that I tested positive.”
McAdams, the only Democratic member of Utah’s congressional delegation, said he will self-quarantine until he knows it is safe: “I’m doing my part as all Americans are doing to contain the spread of the virus and mitigate the coronavirus outbreak.”
“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 threat,” his statement concludes.
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