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Democratic Rep. Carbajal tests positive for COVID-19

Democratic Rep. Carbajal tests positive for COVID-19
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Rep. Salud CarbajalSalud CarbajalCapitol riots spark fear of Trump's military powers in final days House Democrats push Biden's Pentagon pick on civilian control of military GOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (D-Calif.) announced on Tuesday that he tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the latest member of Congress to contract the virus.

Carbajal said in a statement that he was tested for COVID-19 following exposure to someone with the virus.

 

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The statement did not identify the individual, but Carbajal's office said Wednesday morning that he had interacted "in passing a couple of times" last week with Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOn management of Utah public lands, Biden should pursue an accountable legislative process Rubio asks MLB commissioner if he'll give up Augusta golf club membership Why some Republicans think vaccine passports will backfire on Democrats MORE (R-Utah), who attended a recent White House event to formally announce President TrumpDonald TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech MORE's Supreme Court nominee that has since been linked to multiple COVID-19 cases among members of the administration, GOP senators and other attendees.

Carbajal was subsequently prompted to get tested after learning that Lee was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Carbajal said that he initially took a COVID-19 test that came back negative but then began to develop "mild symptoms." He took another test on Tuesday, which revealed he had the virus.

"I hope this serves as a reminder of how easily this virus can spread. I followed every precaution, including wearing a mask, social distancing, and hand-washing and unfortunately was still exposed. It is incumbent on every single one of us to take careful precautions in order to protect the health and safety of those around us," Carbajal said.

Three GOP senators — Lee, Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Trump faces test of power with early endorsements Trump endorses Rand Paul for reelection MORE (Wis.) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings GOP senator recovering from surgery for prostate cancer Congress must address the toxic exposure our veterans have endured MORE (N.C.) — announced late last week that they had tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Their diagnoses came shortly after Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump says Prince Philip's death an 'irreplaceable loss' for UK Twitter will not allow Trump account archive on platform Jill Biden unveils next phase of military families program MORE contracted the virus. The president was hospitalized for three days at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and returned to the White House on Monday night.

Thirteen other House members have also tested positive for COVID-19 or had a presumed case: Reps. Jahana HayesJahana HayesHarris holds first meeting in ceremonial office with CBC members Parents of Sandy Hook victims slam Taylor Greene's appointment to Education Committee GOP has growing Marjorie Taylor Greene problem MORE (D-Conn.), Dan MeuserDaniel (Dan) MeuserREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE (R-Pa.), Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisGOP lawmakers request briefing on Democrats' claims of 'suspicious' Capitol tours before Jan. 6 Republicans take victory lap after Iowa Democrat drops challenge Democrat Rita Hart withdraws challenge in Iowa House race MORE (R-Ill.), Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertExclusive: Biggs offers bill banning federal vaccine passports Gaetz to speak at Save America summit amid sex trafficking investigation Ethics upholds Gohmert's ,000 metal detector fine MORE (R-Texas), Morgan GriffithHoward (Morgan) Morgan GriffithGOP lawmakers press social media giants for data on impacts on children's mental health Lawmakers press federal agencies on scope of SolarWinds attack House Republicans urge Democrats to call hearing with tech CEOs MORE (R-Va.), Tom RiceHugh (Tom) Thompson RiceTrump doubles down on endorsement of South Carolina GOP chair Forget Trump's behavior — let's focus on the GOP and America's future Former Fox News host considering running against GOP incumbent MORE (R-S.C.), 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.), 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.), Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), 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) and Mario Diaz-BalartMario Rafael Diaz-BalartGOP 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 Biden grants temporary legal status to thousands of Venezuelans in US MORE (R-Fla.).

Aside from Lee, Johnson and Tillis, two other senators have also tested positive: Bill CassidyBill CassidyCalls grow for national paid family leave amid pandemic Senators urge Energy chief to prioritize cybersecurity amid growing threats Vivek Murthy confirmed as surgeon general MORE (R-La.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - World mourns the death of Prince Philip The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Trump faces test of power with early endorsements MORE (R-Ky.).

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: Democrats eye two-part infrastructure push; Michigan coronavirus cases surge Pence pleaded with military officials to 'clear the Capitol' on Jan. 6: AP Democrats see political winner in tax fight MORE (D-Calif.) began requiring masks on the House floor and surrounding office buildings in July following the diagnosis of Gohmert, who had at times not worn a mask while on Capitol Hill.

Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Democrats see opportunity in GOP feud with business Biden resists calls to give hard-hit states more vaccines than others MORE (R-Ky.) have resisted calls from some lawmakers to institute a widespread, mandatory testing regime on Capitol Hill similar to the White House.

The latest guidance from the Capitol physician states that COVID-19 testing is available to lawmakers with symptoms or who have had exposure as well as staff who have been in contact with known cases in the Capitol.

—Updated Wednesday at 11:17 p.m.