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Davis becomes third US congressman victim of COVID-19 in one week



ILLINOIS congressman, Rodney Davis yesterday became the third congressman in just over one week to announce he has tested positive for coronavirus.

  Davis said in a statement that he was prompted to take a test after an unusual temperature reading yesterday.

According to Davies, aside from a higher temperature he is “showing no symptoms at this time” and that he feels “fine and pledged to serve his constituents virtually from home while in quarantine.

The Illinois born legislator, said that after consulting with the Office of the Attending Physician of Congress and local county health officials, his office is contacting to any constituents he had met in person in the past 48 hours.

He also announced that he will postpone his office’s public events in the coming days until he receives a negative test.

Davis’ coronavirus announcement follows the diagnoses of two other members of Congress last week, including Rep. Raúl Grijalva on Saturday and Louie Gohmert last Wednesday. Communications director for Davis, Aaron DeGroot, told newsmen that the congressman had not been in contact with either Gohmert or Grijalva.

Following Gohmert’s announcement last week, House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi ordered a broad mask mandate requiring all House members and staff to wear masks in the House chamber and all House office buildings.

Fifteen other members of Congress had announced positive tests or presumed infections for coronavirus since the pandemic began earlier this year, including eight Republicans and seven Democrats, according to Reuters.

Davis said that staffers in his office should take COVID-19 very seriously and have always followed and will continue to follow CDC guidelines.

“All of us must do our part,” Davis said.

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