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House GOP lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19

Rep. Tom RiceHugh (Tom) Thompson RiceProgressives nearly tank House Democrats' Capitol security bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate path uncertain after House approves Jan. 6 panel Tom Rice gains new primary challenger over impeachment vote 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 CunninghamJoe Cunningham to enter race for South Carolina governor Republicans race for distance from 'America First Caucus' Lobbying world MORE (D-S.C.), Ben McAdams (D-Utah), Mario Diaz-BalartMario Rafael Diaz-BalartBottom line GOP lawmakers ask Biden administration for guidance on reopening cruise industry The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by Facebook — Biden delivers 100 million shots in 58 days, doses to neighbors MORE (R-Fla.), Neal DunnNeal Patrick DunnActing FTC chair urges Congress to revive agency authority after Supreme Court decision OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Nine, including former Michigan governor, charged over Flint water crisis | Regulator finalizes rule forcing banks to serve oil, gun companies | Trump admin adds hurdle to increase efficiency standards for furnaces, water heaters READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE (R-Fla.) and Mike KellyGeorge (Mike) Joseph KellyLiz Cheney says McConnell, McCarthy are heads of GOP Female Republicans 'horrified' by male GOP lawmaker's description of Cheney: report GOP lawmakers raise concerns about child tax credit expansion MORE (R-Pa.), as well as Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulFauci to Chelsea Clinton: The 'phenomenal amount of hostility' I face is 'astounding' GOP's attacks on Fauci at center of pandemic message Fox host claims Fauci lied to Congress, calls for prosecution 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 TrumpEx-DOJ official Rosenstein says he was not aware of subpoena targeting Democrats: report Ex-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' 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.