Michigan anti-lockdown congressman tests positive for coronavirus


A Michigan GOP congressman who criticized Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order on Monday announced he had tested positive for coronavirus and urged people to follow public health guidelines.Representative Tim Walberg, 69, said he was showing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and after learning on Sunday that he had tested positive for the disease.

“It’s been over a week since I attended a public event. Together with health officials, my office and I are reaching out to those I had contact with before my isolation began, ”Walberg said in a press release.

“As we move into the winter months, I encourage everyone to stay vigilant and adhere to public health guidelines to fight this virus.”

Walberg was one of six Michigan GOP congressmen to sign a letter this spring calling on Whitmer to change his lockdown order instead of “unnecessarily shutting down large sectors of the economy and further restricting the lives of residents.” ”

Representative Bill Huizenga, who also signed the letter, last month became the first lawmaker in the Michigan congressional delegation to test positive for COVID-19, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Illinois Representative Cheri Bustos, a Democrat, also said on Monday that she had caught the virus and would self-isolate and work remotely from home.

“We must all continue to be vigilant by following best public health practices: wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, getting the flu shot and washing our hands.” she says.

“The only way to bring this pandemic under control is to work together.”

In his statement, Walberg – who was re-elected to serve Michigan’s 7th District earlier this month – also praised medical professionals and frontline workers amid the pandemic.

Their work has been “nothing short of heroic, and I continue to be grateful for their dedication,” he said.

Michigan reported 12,763 new cases of COVID-19 and 55 deaths from the virus on Monday, bringing its number of confirmed infections to 264,576 and the death toll to 8,049.


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