Rep. Raúl Grijalva tests positive for coronavirus

The Arizona congressman had been at a committee hearing Tuesday with Rep. Louie Gohmert, who also tested positive earlier this week.

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NEW: Rep. Grijalva says he tested positive for the coronavirus. “While I cannot blame anyone directly for this, this week has shown that there are some Members of Congress who fail to take this crisis seriously,' Grijalva said in a statement.

The Arizona congressman had been at a committee hearing Tuesday with Rep. Louie Gohmert, who also tested positive earlier this week.

Gohmert did not immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday.News that Gohmert had become infected with the coronavirus sent lawmakers scrambling to account for his whereabouts in the Capitol in the days leading up to his positive test. It also reignited conversations about whether lawmakers, many of whom travel to Washington from all around the country and tend to be in vulnerable age groups, were taking appropriate precautions to prevent an outbreak on Capitol Hill.

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, announced Wednesday that she would require all members to wear masks on the floor."Members and staff will be required to wear masks at all times in the hall of the House. Except that members may remove their masks, temporarily, when recognized,” Pelosi said, adding that refusal to do so would be considered a"serious breach of decorum."

Grijalva praised Pelosi's decision Saturday, writing that he hoped the mask mandate would"keep members and staff safe from those looking to score quick political points. Stopping the spread of a deadly virus should not be a partisan issue."

In a statement Gohmert posted to Twitter on Wednesday, he said he would be"very, very careful" to make sure he did not give the coronavirus to anyone. He referred to it as “the Wuhan virus,” a phrase that has been associated with a rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans.

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That is what old Louis Gohmert is sharing!!! The Mayor of Washington, D.C. has waived the 2-week quarantine requirement for all persons who attended the Atlanta funeral service of Rep. John Lewis. Let me be crystal clear.. This was all about trying to eliminate the safety net.. formed a clear man He helped me to realize the cockroaches,, I don't get it..

Please send him this link. I would blame the guy with the CIVID virus... ☝🏼 HOW DID YOU CATCH IT WEARING A MASK? So Rep. Grijalva knows when and where he contacted the disease? Loser Dem...always blaming someone else He was against the travel ban - he gets what he gets. RepRaulGrijalva I am 🙏🙏🌵💕🙏🙏 For You...please stay strong.. WearAMaskSaveALife

I am sorry to hear this of you Mr. Grijalva. Am sending you a prayer and wishing you a fast recovery. 🤡 Bann COVID19 I also think it's cool that twitter puts all the republican posts out of sight. You click on show more replies and POOF! there they are. Democrats used to be champions of free speech. Now they are champions of nothing.

Wasn't he wearing his magic mask that prevents all Covid transmission? Thoughts and prayers lol Will you contribute to his GoFundMe campaign to help him recover? SAY IT.... It was replouiegohmert Let’s just say it: Louis Ghomert infected other members of Congress with Coronavirus. Some of them may die.

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