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Pennsylvania congressman tests positive for coronavirus

Pennsylvania congressman tests positive for coronavirus
© Greg Nash

Rep. Mike KellyGeorge (Mike) Joseph KellyWorking together to effectively address patient identification during COVID-19 Michigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test GOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Pa.) announced Friday he has tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the fifth known member of Congress to have contracted COVID-19.

Kelly said in a statement he began experiencing flu-like symptoms earlier this week and went to a doctor, who issued a coronavirus test. The test results were returned Friday afternoon.

“My symptoms remain mild, and I will serve the 16th district from home until I fully recover. Additionally, my staff is tele-working and still available to constituents who need assistance,” Kelly said.

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Kelly added that he was absent for Friday’s vote on a sweeping, $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package as he awaited his test results but that he would have voted to pass the bill. The legislation was signed into law by President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline MORE on Friday afternoon.

The Pennsylvania Republican is the latest lawmaker to test positive for the coronavirus, joining Reps. Mario Diaz-BalartMario Rafael Diaz-BalartMichigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test GOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19 Democratic Rep. Carbajal tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Fla.), Ben McAdams (D-Utah) and Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamDemocrats see Green New Deal yielding gains despite GOP attacks Michigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test Chamber-backed Democrats embrace endorsements in final stretch MORE (D-S.C.) and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump says ex-staffer who penned 'Anonymous' op-ed should be 'prosecuted' CIA impeachment whistleblower forced to live under surveillance due to threats: report Rand Paul rips 'leftwing media' for focusing on COVID-19 cases: 'Mortality rates are plummeting' MORE (R-Ky.).

More than 97,000 Americans have tested positive for the coronavirus, and more than 1,500 people have died.