Wisconsin Republican tests positive for coronavirus

Wisconsin Republican tests positive for coronavirus
© Greg Nash

A Wisconsin congressman on Sunday announced he had been diagnosed with COVID-19 and was experiencing mild symptoms.

Rep. Bryan Steil (R-Wis.) said in a statement that he tested positive Sunday after experiencing symptoms following his return to the state from Washington, D.C. He added that he would quarantine at home.

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His diagnosis comes as both Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin have seen surging rates of new confirmed cases of the virus in recent weeks.

In Wisconsin, more than 376,000 total cases have been confirmed and the state is now reporting around 7,000 new cases per day. Washington, D.C., health officials are reporting around 160 new cases per day, a rising rate that has so far remained under a peak the city saw earlier this year.

The U.S. has now seen more than 12 million cases of COVID-19, and more than 250,000 Americans have died from the virus.