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Former Schiff staffer tests positive for virus

Former Schiff staffer tests positive for virus
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A staff member who left House Intelligence Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffCensoring the Biden story: How social media becomes state media Porter raises .2 million in third quarter Schiff: If Trump wanted more infections 'would he be doing anything different?' MORE 's (D-N.Y.) office ten days ago tested positive for COVID-19, the congressman announced Sunday. 

“Medical professionals believe that my former staff member likely contracted the virus after leaving the office, but we will still be taking additional precautions over the next few days,” Schiff said in a statement. “The former staffer is feeling better and no current staff have reported any flu-like symptoms at this time.”

Schiff noted that he had postponed district events and meetings and requested his staff telecommute from home even before receiving the information about the former staffer. 

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“Throughout this health crisis, I feel that the job of elected officials is to push out the best information possible, listen to the advice of public health professionals and scientists, and be cautious,” Schiff said. 

“I’m also distinctly aware that, as a Member of Congress, I have access to affordable and quality healthcare, and that if I were sick and needed to take time off work, I would not lose a paycheck. Many Americans don’t have the same assurances, and fear the economic pains of Coronavirus, not just the potential deleterious health effects,” he added. “It’s incumbent on Congress to continue to act in their interests.”

The House passed a bill Friday aimed at mitigating the economic impact of the virus and providing financial assistance to people impacted by the pandemic. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus MORE tweeted that he “fully” supports the bill. 

The Senate is expected to take up the legislation sometime next week.