Pennsylvania congressman tests positive for coronavirus

Pennsylvania congressman tests positive for coronavirus
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Rep. Mike KellyGeorge (Mike) Joseph KellyHouse lawmaker among officials, businesses in Pa. filing suit over state's coronavirus shutdown Florida Republican becomes sixth member of Congress to test positive for coronavirus House chairwoman diagnosed with 'presumed' coronavirus infection 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 TrumpSessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines Priest among those police cleared from St. John's Church patio for Trump visit Trump criticizes CNN on split-screen audio of Rose Garden address, protesters clashing with police MORE on Friday afternoon.

The Pennsylvania Republican is the latest lawmaker to test positive for the coronavirus, joining Reps. Mario Diaz-BalartMario Rafael Diaz-BalartHillicon Valley: Uber lays off 3,000 | FBI unlocks Pensacola shooter's phones | Lawmakers introduce bill restricting purchase of airline equipment from Chinese companies Bipartisan bill would restrict purchases of airport equipment from Chinese companies Red-state cities get cool reception from GOP on relief aid MORE (R-Fla.), Ben McAdams (D-Utah) and Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump rule limits states from blocking pipeline projects | EPA finalizes rule to regulate cancer-linked chemical | Democrats want Congress to help plug 'orphan' oil and gas wells Gun control group rolls out House endorsements The Hill's Campaign Report: DOJ, intel to be major issues in 2020 MORE (D-S.C.) and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulDemocratic senator to offer amendment halting 'military weaponry' given to police Second senator tests positive for coronavirus antibodies Senate Democrats pump brakes on new stimulus checks MORE (R-Ky.).

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