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House GOP lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19

Rep. Tom RiceHugh (Tom) Thompson RiceGOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 Colorado Democrat Ed Perlmutter tests positive for coronavirus Bustos tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-S.C.) announced Monday that he and his family had tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the eighth member of Congress to have a confirmed or presumed case of the disease.

Rice said in a Facebook post that he, his wife and son had developed symptoms of COVID-19 — which he referred to as the "Wuhan flu" — in the last week but are now recovering.

"We are all on the mend and doing fine," Rice wrote. He noted that his son had "gotten really sick" with a fever and "really bad cough," while his wife had a "slight" fever with a cough and aches.

Rice said that he had milder symptoms but lamented that he had lost his sense of taste and smell — and expressed particular frustration that he is unable to enjoy bacon.

"I was lucky, and it was not bad for me. I had a low fever and a mild cough. It was gone by Thursday. I never stopped eating or drinking or working or moving. The only bad thing is I have completely lost sense of taste and smell. CAN’T TASTE BACON!!!" Rice wrote.

"We are finishing our quarantine and looking forward to seeing you all again. Friends, please wash your hands and take precautions," Rice concluded.

Six other members of Congress have also tested positive for the coronavirus and since recovered: Reps. Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamGOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 Colorado Democrat Ed Perlmutter tests positive for coronavirus Bustos tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (D-S.C.), Ben McAdams (D-Utah), Mario Diaz-BalartMario Rafael Diaz-BalartHouse Hispanic Republicans welcome four new members GOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 Colorado Democrat Ed Perlmutter tests positive for coronavirus MORE (R-Fla.), Neal DunnNeal Patrick DunnGOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 Colorado Democrat Ed Perlmutter tests positive for coronavirus Bustos tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Fla.) and Mike KellyGeorge (Mike) Joseph KellyPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Pennsylvania Republicans sue in last-ditch effort to stop election certification GOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Pa.), as well as Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulMcConnell halts in-person Republican lunches amid COVID-19 surge Biden's Cabinet a battleground for future GOP White House hopefuls Loeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection MORE (R-Ky.).

A seventh lawmaker, House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), said on March 30 that she had been diagnosed with a "presumed" coronavirus infection after displaying symptoms but was not officially tested.

Rice and other Republicans, including President TrumpDonald John TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge MORE, have been referring to the coronavirus as the "Wuhan virus" or "Chinese virus" to highlight the Chinese city where it first emerged late last year. But public health officials have discouraged labeling the coronavirus with those terms to avoid stigmatizing where it originated and have officially referred to the disease caused by the coronavirus as COVID-19.