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.


"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. CourtneyHouse passes bill to prevent violence in health care workplaces We can't afford to lose one more nurse — passing workplace violence prevention bill would help Marine Corps commandant says China, Russia to pose biggest challenges for years 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 NewhouseRepublicans who backed Trump impeachment see fundraising boost Overnight Energy: Progressives fear infrastructure's climate plans won't survive Senate | EPA to propose vehicle emissions standards by July's end | Poll shows growing partisan divide on climate change House Republicans who backed Trump impeachment warn Democrats on Iowa election challenge MORE (R-Wash.), Ed PerlmutterEdwin (Ed) George PerlmutterDemocrats urge Biden to take executive action on assault-style firearms Colorado governor, spouse test positive for COVID-19 Rep. Rick Allen tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (D-Colo.), Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosDemocrats confront difficult prospects for midterms Democrat Cheri Bustos to retire from Congress GOP campaign chief confident his party will win back House MORE (D-Ill.), Doug LambornDouglas (Doug) LambornThe Navy's reading program undermines America's security GAO to review decision to move Space Command to Alabama Colorado presses Biden to reverse Trump Space Command move MORE (R-Colo.), Tim WalbergTimothy (Tim) Lee WalbergGreene sounds off on GOP after Hill story Marjorie Taylor Greene's delay tactics frustrate GOP GOP scrutiny intensifies on firing of NLRB top attorney MORE (R-Mich.) and Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungFive takeaways on the House's return to budget earmarks Does Biden have an ocean policy? McCarthy and Biden haven't spoken since election MORE (R-Alaska).

Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerGeorgia Republican secretary of state hits Loeffler as 'weak,' 'fake Trumper' Loeffler asks Georgia attorney general to investigate Raffensperger over 2020 election Former Rep. Doug Collins won't enter Georgia Senate race 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 GrassleyGrassley asks Blinken to provide potential conflicts involving John Kerry Overnight Defense: Gillibrand makes new push for military sexual assault reform | US troops begin leaving Afghanistan | Biden budget delay pushes back annual defense policy bill Gillibrand makes new push for military sexual assault reform 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.


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 on or near the House floor, despite a reminder from Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' McCarthy says he supports Stefanik for House GOP conference chair Ode to Mother's Day 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.