Michigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test

Michigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test
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Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.) said Wednesday that he is self-isolating after taking a rapid coronavirus test that came back positive ahead of a planned appearance with Vice President Pence, saying he is awaiting confirmation that he does have the virus.

"Earlier today, I was expected to appear with the Vice President. While taking part in offsite testing protocols, I took a rapid test that came back positive for COVID-19. I am awaiting the results of a PCR test and I am self isolating until I have confirmed results," Huizenga tweeted.

Pence spoke at a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., earlier Wednesday.

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While Huizenga's diagnosis is not yet confirmed, he would join more than a dozen other House members to test positive for COVID-19 or have a presumed case.

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Pelosi began requiring masks on the House floor in July after Gohmert, who at times did not wear a mask while on Capitol Hill, tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of a planned event with Trump.