Colorado Democrat Ed Perlmutter tests positive for coronavirus

Colorado Democrat Ed Perlmutter tests positive for coronavirus
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Colorado Rep. Ed PerlmutterEdwin (Ed) George PerlmutterHouse GOP campaign arm hits vulnerable Democrats on inflation in July 4 ad campaign Democrats urge Biden to take executive action on assault-style firearms Colorado governor, spouse test positive for COVID-19 MORE (D) announced Tuesday that he’s tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the latest House lawmaker to be diagnosed with the virus.

Perlmutter said in a statement that he is currently asymptomatic and will isolate in his Washington apartment as he works remotely.

“I’ve been taking precautions like so many Coloradans over the past eight months. This serves as an important reminder that this virus is highly contagious and should be taken seriously. As we enter the holiday season, I encourage everyone to continue to heed the warnings of no personal gatherings, social distancing and wearing a mask,” he said.

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The Colorado Democrat marks just the latest in a string of dozens of lawmakers who have been infected with the coronavirus.

Earlier on Tuesday, Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyAxne endorses Finkenauer Senate bid in Iowa Seven-figure ad campaign urges GOP to support infrastructure bill Biden names new watchdog at finance agency after embattled IG departs MORE (R-Iowa) announced he had tested positive.

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Perlmutter’s diagnosis comes amid a spike in COVID-19 cases across the country. The Capitol’s attending physician launched a new testing program for members and staff on Monday amid the surge to try to ensure that a building that houses employees who travel between Washington, D.C., and their districts across the country is not ravaged by a related flood of infections.