“We must all continue to be vigilant in following public health best practices: wear a mask, practice social distancing, get a flu shot and wash your hands,” Bustos wrote on Twitter. The only way to control this pandemic is by working together. “
Bustos, who narrowly won re-election this month, is one of many members of Congress who have tested positive or are in quarantine. Also Monday, Representative Tim Wahlberg (Republican, Mich.) Said he had tested positive. Like Bustos, he said his symptoms were mild, and he added that he had not attended a public event in over a week, which means his exposure to other people may have been negligible.
Rep. Mark Buchan (Whiskey Democrat) announced that he had been in quarantine since Tuesday after his mother, who helped move to a new nursing home last Monday, tested positive. He said he wore a mask while driving with her for two hours and took a negative test on Friday. While he is waiting to be tested again this weekend, he shared on Twitter that he and his mother were still without symptoms. In his announcement, he urged people to stay home and wear a mask while Wisconsin coronavirus numbers continue to break new records. As of Sunday, the positivity rate there is 33.7 percent.
Meanwhile, Rep. Don Young (R from Alaska), the oldest member of Congress at the age of 87, spoke about concerns about his health on Monday after he tested positive for the virus last week.
He wrote on Twitter: “There has been a lot of speculation in the media about my current situation, and I want Alaskans to know that their congressman is alive, feeling better, and on the road to recovery.”
Young said he was discharged from hospital after being admitted for the weekend to receive treatment and observation. While reassuring his voters that he is in good health, he added: “To be honest, I have not felt this disease for a very long time.”
He also described in his tweets the media as “irresponsible” for speculating on his health and violating his privacy, indicating that this may lead to “Alaska residents’ fear of seeking testing or treatment out of privacy.”
These representatives are joining a growing group of lawmakers who have tested positive for Covid-19 over the past few months, many of whom have contracted the virus from events in the White House and Capitol Building.
In late September, the White House hosted a Supreme Court nomination ceremony for Judge Amy Connie Barrett in the Rose Garden, which was later classified as a “super-spread” event by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert. Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Tom Teles (RN. Senator) then attended a positive Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin R) test result, although he was not at the Rose Garden event. Other members tested negative but were quarantined. Due to exposure at the nominating party, including Senator Ted Cruz from Texas, Ben Sassy from Nebraska, Rep. Mike Johnson from Louisiana – all Republicans.President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump announced less than a week later that they had contracted the virus.
Prior to that, Representative Louis Gomert (R-Texas) launched a series of quarantines among other lawmakers after he tested positive in July and refused to wear a mask while conducting business on Hill. Rep. Raul Grigalva (D., Arizona), who had been in contact with Jawhart, tested positive a few days later.