Arizona Democrat Rep. Raúl Grijalva has tested positive for coronavirus, his office affirmed Saturday.
Grijalva “was notified by the (Capitol) attending physician yesterday evening that he has tested positive for Covid-19,” his communications director, Geoff Nolan, told the news on Saturday.
Since he had been at a consultation on Tuesday with Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert, who tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, “out of precaution, Grijalva went into self-isolation on Wednesday until he got a test,” Nolan said.
In an announcement Saturday, Grijalva hammered Republicans who don’t wear covers in the structure, refering to the occasions of the week.
“While I cannot blame anyone directly for this, this week has shown that there are some Members of Congress who fail to take this crisis seriously,” he said. “Numerous Republican members routinely strut around the Capitol without a mask to selfishly make a political statement at the expense of their colleagues, staff, and their families.”
Nolan said that Grijalva is as of now asymptomatic and that “he’s feeling fine and is just getting some rest.”
Grijalva will isolate in his home in the Washington region, and a portion of the staff members who had been with him during the week will be tested too, Nolan included. He noticed that Grijalva wears a veil each day at the Capitol.
Grijalva likewise adulated House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s order requiring all House members and associates to wear covers on the floor “to keep members and staff safe from those looking to score quick political points,” he said. “Stopping the spread of a deadly virus should not be a partisan issue.”
While Grijalva and Gohmert are the two latest, various federal lawmakers in the two players have had the virus. At any rate five other House members have reported they tested positive: Republican Reps. Morgan Griffith of Virginia, Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida and Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania, and Democratic Reps. Joe Cunningham of South Carolina and Ben McAdams of Utah. Democratic Rep. Nydia Velázquez of New York has said she had “been diagnosed with presumed coronavirus infection.”
On the Senate side, Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia reported in May that he and his significant other tested positive for coronavirus antibodies. In late March, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky tested positive yet has since recouped.