Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) has tested positive for COVID-19 after being in Washington, D.C., this week, becoming the latest member of Congress to be diagnosed with the disease.
"While I cannot blame anyone directly for this, this week has shown that there are some Members of Congress who fail to take this crisis seriously," Grijalva said in a statement to the Arizona Republic.
Grijalva, who is the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, had been self-quarantining at his D.C., residence this week after chairing a hearing attended by Rep. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertRepublicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally Security forces under pressure to prevent repeat of Jan. 6 Washington ramps up security ahead of Sept. 18 rally MORE (R-Texas), who tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday.
Gohmert tested positive during a screening at the White House before he was supposed to accompany President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE on a trip to Texas. The lawmaker is one of the House members who has been seen without a mask in recent weeks.
It is unclear where exactly Grijalva contracted COVID-19. The Arizona Democrat said in his statement Saturday that he was asymptomatic and felt "fine," but he criticized House Republicans who have been resistant to wearing masks around the Capitol complex.
"Numerous Republican members routinely strut around the Capitol without a mask to selfishly make a political statement at the expense of their colleagues, staff, and their families," he told the Arizona Republic.
"I’m pleased that [Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: House must pass 3 major pieces of spending legislation this week Sunday shows preview: Pelosi announces date for infrastructure vote; administration defends immigration policies GOP should grab the chance to upend Pelosi's plan on reconciliation MORE (D-Calif.)] has mandated the use of masks at the Capitol to keep members and staff safe from those looking to score quick political points," he added.
The Capitol's attending physician informed Grijalva of his positive test on Friday, the newspaper reported.