First member of Congress tests positive for the coronavirus

  • First member of Congress tests positive for the coronavirus

First member of Congress tests positive for the coronavirus

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez tested positive for the virus last week.

In an abundance of caution, after votes on Friday, March 13th, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart chose to self-quarantine in Washington, D.C., and not return to South Florida because of his wife Tia's pre-existing conditions that put her at exceptionally high risk.

The news could set off a new wave of self-quarantine measures from lawmakers that may have interacted with Diaz-Balart, who chose to self-quarantine after participating in House votes on Friday.

Diaz-Balart is now among more than 7,700 coronavirus cases in the country.

Diaz-Balart has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2003.

In a tweet, Diaz-Balart said: "I'm feeling much better".

CNN noted that "news of Diaz-Balart's positive test also comes the day a bipartisan group of House lawmakers sent a letter to congressional leadership requesting a rule change that would allow for remote voting during the pandemic". However, it is important that everyone take this extremely seriously and follow CDC guidelines to avoid getting sick and mitigate the spread of this virus. He is married to Tia, and they have a son together.

The congressman are now among at least 15 members of Congress who have quarantined or isolated themselves after being having contacted infected people. The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau's wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, contracted the coronavirus on March 12 and has been in isolation at home since then. Today, I leaned that I tested positive.

President Donald Trump's doctor said Saturday that the president had tested negative for the virus after he came into contact with Fabio Wajngarten, an aide to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro who was later diagnosed with COVID-19. Peter Dutton, the Australian home affairs minister, is in hospital with COVID-19.