48th Congressman Tests Positive For COVID-19

CNN – US Rep. Joe Wilson announced Wednesday evening that he has tested positive for Covid-19 and will go into isolation through the holidays.

The South Carolina Republican is the latest member to test positive for Covid-19.

He was on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to vote and spoke on the House floor at 2 p.m. ET.

He kept his face mask on following new rules from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that members must keep them on when they address the chamber from the floor.

According to CNN’s tally, 48 lawmakers — 37 House members (26 Republicans, 11 Democrats) and 11 senators (nine Republicans and two Democrats) — have tested positive for coronavirus or for its antibodies.

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Included in that total are two members who were diagnosed in March as “presumed positive” before tests were widely available.

Rep. Rick Allen, a Georgia Republican, and Rep. Susie Lee, a Nevada Democrat, announced separately last month that they had contracted the virus.

Their announcements came just days after two other lawmakers — Reps. Bryan Steil, a Republican from Wisconsin, and Joe Courtney, a Democrat from Connecticut — said they had been diagnosed with Covid … 

In his House floor speech earlier Wednesday, Wilson praised President Donald Trump’s coronavirus response as vaccinations begin across the US. He was wearing a face mask during his remarks. Read more. 


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