Two other Texas Democrats tested positive for the coronavirus during their trip to Washington, DC, just a day after three of their colleagues learned they had also contracted the virus.
According to the Texas Tribune, the number of COVID-positive Texas state lawmakers in the nation’s capital is now five. The news comes the same day Vice President Kamala Harris dropped by Walter Reed Medical Center for a “routine” visit after meeting with the group of lawmakers last week.
The Democratic group has fled the Lone Star state to deny Republicans in the state legislature a quorum, which refers to the minimum number of lawmakers needed to carry out legislative work.
Lawmakers thus hampered the Republicans’ attempt to pass an election integrity law that Democrats did not like.
They flew to Washington, DC, garnering national attention, and were criticized for photos that appeared to show them traveling without masks.
In total, more than 50 state lawmakers made the trip and were reportedly tested after the first confirmed case was announced last week.
HARRIS VISITS WALTER REED FOR AN APPOINTMENT WITH A ROUTINE DOCTOR AFTER A MEETING WITH INFECTED DEMOCRATES FROM TEXAS
The bill in question would tighten voter identification requirements for mail-in ballots, which has become a cause for concern in the run-up to and in the aftermath of the 2020 election.
It is not known whether the obstruction attempt will be successful.
Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has said he will continue to call special sessions until the Democrats return. Abbott also said Democrats would be arrested upon their return to Texas.
The Republican governor hit back at the idea that the voting rights bill would make it harder for residents to vote in a tweet on Sunday.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
The news of more positive cases among growing Democrats comes as states across the United States grapple with an increase in infections caused by the contagious Delta variant.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that confirmed cases in the United States are on the rise. The most recent seven-day moving average of daily new cases is 26,306, which is a 69.3% increase from the previous 7-day moving average (15,541).