Democrat Cherry Bustos of Illinois and Republican Tim Wahlberg of Michigan each announced positive diagnoses, and Democrat Mark Pocan of Wisconsin said publicly that he was isolating himself after possible exposure to the virus. Reports mark the latest of more than two dozen lawmakers who have tested positive for Covid-19 since the pandemic began.
Pokan said in a statement from his office that he was isolating himself after taking his mother to a nursing home on Monday and then taking a positive test for the virus on Tuesday.
This would be the first week for members to return to Congress after the November 3 election. The threat of coronavirus has had a constant impact on leaders of both parties and chambers of Congress since the beginning of the pandemic, and how lawmakers’ response has been closely monitored amid the latest wave of cases involving the country.
“I want Alaskans to know that their congressman is alive, feeling better and on the road to recovery,” Young said in a statement.