Coronavirus Continues to Spread Through Congress
Two more members of the House of Representatives have announced that they have tested positive for the coronavirus. Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) separately announced they had contracted the virus.
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In a statement, Lamborn’s office said he had “recently test positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms.” The statement went on to say he is isolating at his home in Colorado Springs, but provided no specifics as to when he tested positive.
On Wednesday Newhouse tweeted, “I began to feel a little run down yesterday, so I took a COVID-19 test. Last night, the results came back positive for the virus. My symptoms remain mild and I am following CDC guidelines.”
Those two cases bring to 26 the number of House members and eight senators who so far have publicly disclosed that they recently have tested positive for the virus. They also come against the backdrop of a nationwide surge of cases that is overwhelming hospitals across the country, particularly in the midwest and upper plains states.
Nationwide, the United States on Wednesday crossed the grim milestone of more than a quarter million deaths from the coronavirus. Even though the country looks to be on a gruesome track to continue spreading the disease as “COVID fatigued” citizens get ready to gather for Thanksgiving, there is no national leadership on preventing the spread of the deadly virus.
In fact, just yesterday a spat occurred on the Senate floor when Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) asked presiding officer Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) to wear a mask, the single most important counter-measure to halt the spread of the virus. Sullivan shot back, “I don’t need your instruction.”
Donald Trump is said to have stopped attending White House coronavirus task force meetings months ago.