Pennsylvania congressman tests positive for coronavirus

Pennsylvania congressman tests positive for coronavirus
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Rep. Mike KellyGeorge (Mike) Joseph KellySupreme Court won't review Pennsylvania GOP election lawsuits Pennsylvania's Democratic lt. governor files to run for Senate READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results 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.


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 TrumpDonald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE on Friday afternoon.

The Pennsylvania Republican is the latest lawmaker to test positive for the coronavirus, joining Reps. Mario Diaz-BalartMario Rafael Diaz-BalartHere are the three GOP lawmakers who voted for the Equality Act Bottom line Three years later, father of Parkland shooting victim calls for meaningful school safety reform MORE (R-Fla.), Ben McAdams (D-Utah) and Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamLobbying world We lost in November — we're proud we didn't take corporate PAC money Chamber of Commerce slams GOP effort to challenge Biden's win MORE (D-S.C.) and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Health Care: 50 million coronavirus vaccines given | Pfizer news | Biden health nominees Rand Paul criticized for questioning of transgender health nominee Haley isolated after Trump fallout MORE (R-Ky.).

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