“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.