Pennsylvania congressman tests positive for coronavirus

Pennsylvania congressman tests positive for coronavirus
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Rep. Mike KellyGeorge (Mike) Joseph KellyMomentum builds to prohibit lawmakers from trading stocks Pelosi faces pushback over stock trade defense Nunes resignation sets off GOP scramble on Ways and Means 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 TrumpNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Kemp leading Perdue in Georgia gubernatorial primary: poll US ranked 27th least corrupt country in the world MORE on Friday afternoon.

The Pennsylvania Republican is the latest lawmaker to test positive for the coronavirus, joining Reps. Mario Diaz-BalartMario Rafael Diaz-BalartAnother voice of reason retires Defense contractors ramp up donations to GOP election objectors Bottom line MORE (R-Fla.), Ben McAdams (D-Utah) and Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamMace chief of staff steps down during turbulent week Pediatrician unveils challenge to GOP's Mace in South Carolina 'Blue wave' Democrats eye comebacks after losing reelection MORE (D-S.C.) and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRand Paul praises removal of Neil Young songs from Spotify: 'Seeya' YouTube permanently bans Dan Bongino Conservative pundit says YouTube blocked interview with Rand Paul MORE (R-Ky.).

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