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Second Capitol Hill staffer tests positive for coronavirus

Second Capitol Hill staffer tests positive for coronavirus
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A staff member in Rep. David SchweikertDavid SchweikertREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit House GOP proposed rules change sparks concern MORE's (R-Ariz.) D.C. office has tested positive for COVID-19, the congressman said Sunday. 

The staff member is resting "comfortably at home and following guidance from local health officials," Schweikert said in a statement. 

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Schweikert said his D.C. office will be closed with staff members working remotely until further notice. 

He said staff at his Scottsdale, Ariz. will also work remotely out of "an abundance of caution." 

Sen. Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellHillicon Valley: Texas, other states bring antitrust lawsuit against Google | Krebs emphasizes security of the election as senators butt heads | Twitter cracks down on coronavirus vaccine misinformation Senators press federal agencies for more information on Russian cyberattack New FCC commissioner's arrival signals gridlock early next year MORE (D-Wash.) said Wednesday a member of her D.C. office tested positive for coronavirus. Cantwell’s announcement marked the first known instance of a congressional staffer getting the virus. 

Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a state of emergency in D.C. on Wednesday. 

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A total of 16 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in D.C. as of Saturday, according to the D.C. health department. 

Bowser announced restrictions on restaurants and bars Sunday, including capping gatherings at restaurants and bars to no more than 250 people and prohibiting bar seating and service to standing patrons. 

Former House Intelligence Committee attorney Daniel Goldman said Sunday he tested positive for COVID-19. 

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffAngus King warns of 'grave danger' of Trump revealing classified information Schiff says 'massive intelligence and security failure' led to Capitol breach Sunday shows - Capital locked down ahead of Biden's inauguration MORE (D-N.Y.) said earlier that a former member of his staff had tested positive. An aide to Schiff confirmed the announcement was referring to Goldman. 

Schiff said medical professionals believe the former staffer contracted the virus after leaving the office, but said his office will take additional precautions over the  next few days.