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Michigan Republican announces positive coronavirus test

Michigan Republican announces positive coronavirus test
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Michigan Rep. Tim WalbergTimothy (Tim) Lee WalbergREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results Rep. Rick Allen tests positive for COVID-19 Capitol's COVID-19 spike could be bad Thanksgiving preview MORE (R) will self-isolate at home after testing positive for the coronavirus, he said in a statement Monday.

Walberg, who represents Michigan's 7th Congressional District, said he was experiencing "mild" symptoms of the virus and would continue to work from home until he recovered.

"I am appreciative of people's prayers and well-wishes," he added.

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Michigan is facing a surge in new coronavirus cases experts say has been brought on by the fall weather bringing people indoors. The state recorded more than 9,000 newly confirmed infections in a single day for the first time earlier in November.

More than 3,200 people are hospitalized with the virus across the state, a more than 100 percent increase over the last two weeks.

The state moved Sunday to limit bars and restaurants to outdoor dining and moved college and high school classes to remote-only learning, while also implementing other restrictions on public life and businesses.