California Congressman Salud Carbajal announces he has tested positive for Covid-19

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Just a day after posting that he had been exposed to someone infected with the virus but tested negative, Carbajal said he began to experience mild symptoms.

“I was instructed to have another test today by the attending physician, which resulted in a positive result. I will continue to monitor for symptoms and perform my duties virtually, ”Carbajal said in a statement he linked from Facebook.

Carbajal, 55, had been in quarantine in Washington since his denunciation, he said on Monday.

“The vast majority of my staff work remotely and run no risk. The staff I have interacted with have been tested and are negative, or are continuing to test, ”he said in a statement Tuesday.

“I hope this reminds us how easily this virus can spread. I followed all precautions including wearing a mask, social distancing, and hand washing and was unfortunately still exposed. It is up to each of us to take precautions to protect the health and safety of those around us. “Carbajal, who represents an area that includes Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, is vice-chair of the House Committee on Transport and Infrastructure and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Agriculture Committee. .

The congressman is among more than a dozen members of the House who have contracted the virus in recent months, and his diagnosis comes as the Republican Party experiences an epidemic among some of its key members, including President Donald Trump and several prominent senators.

Last week, Republican Senators Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina all announced that they had tested positive for the virus.

At the end of last month, Representative Jahana Hayes, a Democrat from Connecticut, announced that she had contracted the virus, becoming one of the last members of the House to announce that they had tested positive.

In July, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mandated a mask to be worn on the House floor after Republican Louie Gohmert of Texas – who was often seen in the chamber interacting with co-workers while refusing to wear a face mask – tested positive. The House Sergeant-at-Arms also issued an additional set of rules to Pelosi’s leadership requiring face covers in all House office buildings.

Other House precautions to limit the spread of the virus include the use of virtual meeting technology for hearings and a form of remote voting for members who are unwilling or unable to travel, but there is has not had a solid testing regime on Capitol Hill, which has raised questions in recent days amid the GOP outbreak.

This story has been updated with more details and background information.

CNN’s Nicky Robertson and Veronica Stracqualursi contributed to this report.

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