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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 CarbajalGOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 Colorado Democrat Ed Perlmutter tests positive for coronavirus Bustos 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 LeeLoeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Barrasso to seek top spot on Energy and Natural Resources Committee | Forest Service finalizes rule weakening environmental review of its projects | Biden to enlist Agriculture, Transportation agencies in climate fight MORE (R-Utah), who attended a recent White House event to formally announce President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump 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 JohnsonLoeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus GOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (Wis.) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisTeam Trump offering 'fire hose' of conspiracy Kool-Aid for supporters Loeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection North Carolina's Mark Walker expected to announce Senate bid 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 TrumpPresident says Trump Jr. doing 'very well' after COVID-19 diagnosis Trumps to spend Thanksgiving at White House instead of traveling to Florida Chelsea Clinton blames Trump for Secret Service officers in quarantine 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 HayesGOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 Colorado Democrat Ed Perlmutter tests positive for coronavirus Bustos tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (D-Conn.), Dan MeuserDaniel (Dan) MeuserMORE (R-Pa.), Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisGOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 Colorado Democrat Ed Perlmutter tests positive for coronavirus Biden's gain is Democratic baseball's loss with Cedric Richmond MORE (R-Ill.), Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertCapitol's COVID-19 spike could be bad Thanksgiving preview GOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 Colorado Democrat Ed Perlmutter tests positive for coronavirus MORE (R-Texas), Morgan GriffithHoward (Morgan) Morgan GriffithGOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 Colorado Democrat Ed Perlmutter tests positive for coronavirus Bustos tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Va.), 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.), 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.), Mike KellyGeorge (Mike) Joseph KellyGOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 Colorado Democrat Ed Perlmutter tests positive for coronavirus Bustos tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Pa.), Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), 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) and 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.).

Aside from Lee, Johnson and Tillis, two other senators have also tested positive: Bill CassidyBill CassidyLoeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus GOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-La.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulLoeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus Overnight Defense: Formal negotiations inch forward on defense bill with Confederate base name language | Senators look to block B UAE arms sales | Trump administration imposes Iran sanctions over human rights abuses MORE (R-Ky.).

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiUS economy hurtles toward 'COVID cliff' with programs set to expire Democrats gear up for last oversight showdown with Trump Divided citizenry and government — a call to action for common ground 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 McConnellTop aide: Biden expected to visit Georgia in push to boost Ossoff, Warnock Democrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks Richmond says GOP 'reluctant to stand up and tell the emperor he wears no clothes' 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.