Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart Becomes First Member of Congress to Test Positive for Coronavirus
By Fox News // March 18, 2020
(FOX NEWS) – Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., on Wednesday became the first member of Congress to announce that he has tested positive for coronavirus, saying he had been stricken with a fever and headache this weekend.
The virus has already affected others on Capitol Hill, which remains closed to visitors.
Two congressional staffers have been infected by the virus, and some prominent politicians have self-quarantined at both the state and federal levels.
“In an abundance of caution, after votes on Friday, March 13th, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart decided 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,” his office said in a statement.
“On Saturday evening, Congressman Diaz-Balart developed symptoms, including a fever and a headache. Just a short while ago, he was notified that he has tested positive for COVID-19. While in quarantine Diaz-Balart has been working from his apartment in Washington, D.C.”
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