Rep. Jahana Hayes of Connecticut announced she tested positive for COVID-19 in a Sunday (September 20) tweet, according to the Associated Press via The Grio.
The freshman Democrat added that she will be in quarantine for 14 days.
“After going to 2 urgent care centers yesterday, I finally got an appointment at a 3rd site and was tested this morning,” Hayes tweeted, which came with a video of her getting tested.
She also said she sought testing after one of her staff members tested positive on Saturday (September 19).
Hayes added that she has no COVID-19 symptoms “except for breathing issues which are being monitored.”
"Masks, social distancing & frequent floor cleanings are the precautions that are taken in the House. I have taken every possible precaution and still contracted coronavirus," the politician tweeted.
Hayes claimed that Members of Congress are not tested regularly, and that they are not mass tested at all in Washington D.C. She also called for a more comprehensive testing strategy nationwide.
"My experience and the experience of my staff underscore the need for a nat’l testing strategy with a coherent way to receive speedy, accurate results. This level of anxiety and uncertainty is untenable," she said.
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