Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, 58, from Florida and Rep. Ben McAdams, 45, from Utah are the first two members of Congress to test positive for COVID-19. Both lawmakers announced on Wednesday that they both had tested positive for the virus.
Both Diaz-Balart and McAdams began developing symptoms over the weekend on Saturday just hours after Friday’s vote on a coronavirus response bill and after an early early-Saturday morning session with 400 people in attendance.
On Saturday evening Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart began developing a headache and fever, while still in Washington D.C. Diaz-Balart decided to self-quarantine while in Washington instead of going home to Flordia and risking infecting his family with the virus.
On Twitter Rep. Diaz-Balart stated that he was “feeling much better. “He continued on how important it was that “everyone takes it seriously and follow @CDCgov guidelines.”
I'm feeling much better. However, it's important that everyone take this seriously and follow @CDCgov guidelines in order to avoid getting sick & mitigate the spread of this virus. We must continue to work together to emerge stronger as a country during these trying times. pic.twitter.com/g5W5vSQIyH
— Mario Diaz-Balart (@MarioDB) March 18, 2020
Rep. Ben McAdams had already returned home on Saturday in Utah when he began developing symptoms. McAdams developed a dry cough, labored breathing and fever when he returned home and self-quarantined. McAdams talked to his doctor when his symptoms began getting worse. His doctor advised him to go get tested at a local testing clinic.
Rep. McAdams on Twitter wanted people to know that he was in quartine and that he is still working hard. McAdams stated, “I learned that I tested positive.” McAdams continued, “I am still working for Utahns” and that he will continue his “job from home.”
— Rep. Ben McAdams (@RepBenMcAdams) March 19, 2020
Diaz-Balart assumed office in 2003. During his career, he has supported pro-life legislation, opposes mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders, supports building the Keystone Pipeline, opposes federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth, opposes requiring states to adopt federal education standards, opposes the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions and gun-control legislation and voted against impeaching President Trump. He is the founding member of the Congressional Hispanic Conference.
McAdams assumed office in 2019. He claims to be pro-life but voted against several anti-abortion bills, and supports abortion in cases of rape, incest and if the mother’s life is in danger during pregnancy. McAdams supports increased renewable energy sources but opposes the Green New Deal, he also supports the Second Amendment and voted to impeach President Trump.
Since Rep. Diaz-Balart and Rep. Ben McAdams, both tested positive for COVID-19, 14 members of Congress have announced that they have self- quarantined. The 14 members took to self- quarantining after being in contact with an infected person.
On Twitter Rep. Sharice Davids of Kansas wanted people to know that she was in self-quarantine. Davids stated, “I had contact with a fellow member of Congress who recently tested positive for COVID-19.” Davids continued that she is listening to advise from the “Attending Physician of Congress.”
Last week, I had contact with a fellow member of Congress who recently tested positive for COVID-19. In following the guidance I received from the Attending Physician of Congress, and out of an abundance of caution, I will stay home and self-quarantine until March 26. More: pic.twitter.com/bWIxYyJYQ9
— Rep. Sharice Davids (@RepDavids) March 19, 2020
President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force have issued guidelines to follow to help control and stop the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. Guidelines include listening to directions from your local and state officials, stay home if you or your child are not feeling well or are sick, if one person your home tests positive for COVID-19 that everyone in the household stays in quarantine, if someone is sick at home they should wear a mask to help keep the spread of the virus down and that the individual who is sick quarantine themself from their family members who reside in the home.
It is also recommended to wash your hands consistently, avoid touching your face, cover your mouth and nose with your elbow if you are sneezing or coughing, practice good hygiene, to use social distancing of at least six feet from others, and avoid gatherings or groups of five or more people.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can appear 1 to 14 days after being exposed to the virus. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Severe symptoms of COVID-19 can include difficulty breathing, blue lips or face, feeling pressure or pain in the chest. If you suspect you are experiencing any symptoms of the virus please contact your doctor, health care provider or your local health department.