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Rep. Rick Allen tests positive for COVID-19

Rep. Rick Allen tests positive for COVID-19
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Rep. Rick AllenRichard (Rick) Wayne AllenCapitol Police investigate report Maryland GOP Rep. Andy Harris tried to bring gun on House floor Georgia elections chief refutes election claims in letter to Congress READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE (R-Ga.) on Tuesday became the latest member of Congress to test positive for COVID-19 amid a nationwide spike in cases as well as among lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Allen is at least the 11th lawmaker in the last 12 days alone to have tested positive for the virus. Like several other colleagues who received test results indicating they had COVID-19 in recent days, Allen was in Washington, D.C., last week and cast numerous votes on the House floor.

The Georgia Republican said in a statement that he did not have any symptoms and would continue to work remotely while quarantining.

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"I have been undergoing regular COVID-19 testing and learned today that I have tested positive for COVID-19. I do not have any symptoms and will continue to work on behalf of the 12th District from home as I quarantine," Allen said.

Announcements of new diagnoses among members of Congress have been coming near-daily over the past two weeks, while cases are on the rise nationally.

Two other House members, Reps. Bryan Steil (R-Wis.) and Joe CourtneyJoseph (Joe) D. CourtneySouth Carolina Republican tests positive for coronavirus hours after speaking on House floor Rep. Rick Allen tests positive for COVID-19 Connecticut Democrat diagnosed with COVID-19 MORE (D-Conn.), both announced Sunday that they also tested positive. Those twin announcements came after six other House members tested positive in recent days: Reps. Dan NewhouseDaniel (Dan) Milton NewhouseUpton becomes first member of Congress to vote to impeach two presidents The Hill's Morning Report - Trump impeached again; now what? Kinzinger says he is 'in total peace' after impeachment vote MORE (R-Wash.), Ed PerlmutterEdwin (Ed) George PerlmutterColorado governor, spouse test positive for COVID-19 Rep. Rick Allen tests positive for COVID-19 Capitol's COVID-19 spike could be bad Thanksgiving preview MORE (D-Colo.), Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosFive centrist Democrats oppose Pelosi for Speaker in tight vote LIVE COVERAGE: House votes to name Speaker AOC v. Pelosi: Round 12? MORE (D-Ill.), Doug LambornDouglas (Doug) LambornOvernight Defense: Trump impeached for second time | National Guard at Capitol now armed, swelling to 20K troops for inauguration | Alabama chosen for Space Command home Top Republican congressional aide resigns, rips GOP lawmakers who objected to Biden win READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE (R-Colo.), 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-Mich.) and Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungHouse Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit Five Republicans vote for bill to decriminalize marijuana House passes sweeping reform bill to decriminalize marijuana MORE (R-Alaska).

Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerLimbaugh falsely says Biden didn't win legitimately while reacting to inauguration Suburbs pose challenge for GOP in post-Trump era Democrats swear in three senators to gain majority MORE (R-Ga.) received a positive test result on Friday, the day she campaigned with Vice President Pence, though two subsequent COVID-19 tests came back negative and her campaign said Monday that she would return to the campaign trail ahead of the Jan. 5 runoff election.

Two other lawmakers, Sens. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyOn The Money: Treasury announces efforts to help people get stimulus payments | Senate panel unanimously advances Yellen nomination for Treasury | Judge sets ground rules for release of Trump taxes Senate panel unanimously advances Yellen nomination for Treasury Finance Committee vote on Yellen nomination scheduled for Friday MORE (R-Iowa) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.), tested positive last week. Grassley tweeted on Monday that he was "feeling good" and planned to return to the Senate when it comes back into session next week following its Thanksgiving holiday recess.

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The Democratic-led House has implemented a proxy voting system for lawmakers who cannot vote in person during the pandemic and the chamber been requiring masks on the floor since late July.

But some lawmakers, particularly House Republicans, still express gripes about having to wear masks or fail to wear them correctly so that they fully cover the nose and mouth.

Members of both parties last week also repeatedly gathered in groups onĀ or near the House floor, despite a reminder from Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden attends first church service as president in DC, stops at local bagel shop More hands needed on the nuclear football Sunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus MORE (D-Calif.) to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Since March, at least 25 House members and seven senators have tested positive for COVID-19. At least two other House members had presumed cases but were not confirmed at the time.