Democrat Raul Grijalva speaks during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 29, 2020.

Raul Grijalva: Arizona Democratic MP test positive for Covid-19

Grijalva “warned the attending physician (Capitol) last night that he had tested positive for Covid-19,” his communications director, Geoff Nolan, told CNN on Saturday.

As he had been in a hearing on Wednesday with Texas Republican Representative Louie Gohmert, who tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, “as a precaution, Grijalva self-isolated on Wednesday until a test was done,” Nolan said. .

In a statement Saturday, Grijalva appealed to Republicans who do not wear masks in the building, citing the events of the week.

“While I can’t directly blame anyone for that, this week has shown that there are some MPs in Congress who don’t take this crisis seriously,” he said. “Numerous Republican members regularly travel around the Capitol without a mask to make a selfish political statement at the expense of their comrades, staff, and families.”

Nolan said Grijalva is currently asymptomatic and “is feeling good and just resting.”

Grijalva will be quarantined at his home in the Washington area and some of the employees who have been with him during the week will also be tested, Nolan added. He noted that Grijalva wears a mask every day at the Capitol.

Grijalva also praised the mandate of House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, which requires all members of the House and aides to wear masks on the floor “to keep members and staff safe from those seeking to score quick political points.” , he said. “Stopping the spread of a deadly virus should not be a partisan problem.”
While Grijalva and Gohmert are the last two federal lawmakers on both sides have had the virus. At least five members of the House have announced their positivity: Republican representatives Morgan Griffith of Virginia, Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida and Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania, and Democratic representatives Joe Cunningham of South Carolina and Ben McAdams of Utah. Democratic Rep. Nydia Velázquez of New York said she was “diagnosed with an alleged coronavirus infection.”

On the Senate side, Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia announced in May that he and his wife had tested positive for coronavirus antibodies. In late March, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky was positive, but has since recovered.

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