Grijalva “was informed by the attending physician (from the Capitol) last night that he tested positive for Covid-19,” his communications director, Geoff Nolan, told CNN on Saturday.
Because he had been in a hearing Tuesday with Texas Republican Louie Gohmert, who tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, “as a precaution, Grijalva isolated himself on Wednesday until he passed a test,” he said. Nolan said.
In a statement on Saturday, Grijalva criticized Republicans who do not wear masks in the building, citing the events of the week.
“While I can’t blame anyone directly for this, this week has shown that some members of Congress are not taking this crisis seriously,” he said. “Many Republican members regularly strut around the Capitol without masks to selfishly make a political statement at the expense of their colleagues, staff and families. “
Grijalva will be quarantined at his home in the Washington area, and some of the staff who were with him during the week will also be tested, Nolan added. He noted that Grijalva wears a mask every day on the Capitol.
Grijalva also hailed the tenure of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, requiring all House members and assistants to wear masks on the floor “to protect members and staff from those looking to score political points quickly. “, did he declare. “Stopping the spread of a deadly virus shouldn’t be a partisan issue. ”
While Grijalva and Gohmert are the two more recent, several federal lawmakers on both sides have had the virus. At least five other members of the House have announced they have tested positive: Republican Representatives Morgan Griffith of Virginia, Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida and Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania, and Democratic Representatives Joe Cunningham of South Carolina and Ben McAdams of the Utah. Democratic Representative Nydia Velázquez of New York said she had “been diagnosed with a suspected coronavirus infection.”
On the Senate side, Democratic Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia announced in May that he and his wife had tested positive for anti-coronavirus antibodies. In late March, Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky tested positive but has since recovered.
CNN’s Jamie Ehrlich contributed to this report.