House GOP lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19

Rep. Tom RiceHugh (Tom) Thompson RiceRepublicans, please save your party Republican Party going off the rails? Trump unloads on McConnell, promises MAGA primary challengers 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 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.), Ben McAdams (D-Utah), Mario Diaz-BalartMario Rafael Diaz-BalartFlorida Republicans push Biden to implement Trump order on Venezuela Here are the three GOP lawmakers who voted for the Equality Act Bottom line MORE (R-Fla.), Neal DunnNeal Patrick DunnOVERNIGHT 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 GOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Fla.) and Mike KellyGeorge (Mike) Joseph KellyRepublican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPAC Supreme Court won't review Pennsylvania GOP election lawsuits Pennsylvania's Democratic lt. governor files to run for Senate MORE (R-Pa.), as well as Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulHouse approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Bipartisan group of senators introduces bill to rein in Biden's war powers House sets vote for George Floyd police reform bill 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 TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' 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.