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Arizona Democratic congressman tests positive for Covid-19

August 1, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Chairman of the US House Natural Resources Committee, Democrat Raul Grijalva speaks during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on "The US Park Police Attack on Peaceful Protesters at Lafayette Square", on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 29, 2020. (Photo by MICHAEL REYNOLDS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MICHAEL REYNOLDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Arizona Democrat Rep. Raúl Grijalva has tested positive for coronavirus, his office confirmed Saturday.

(CNN)Arizona Democrat Rep. Raúl Grijalva has tested positive for coronavirus, his office confirmed Saturday.

Grijalva "was notified by the (Capitol) attending physician yesterday evening that he has tested positive for Covid-19," his communications director, Geoff Nolan, told CNN on Saturday.

Because he had been at a hearing on Tuesday with Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert, who tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, "out of precaution, Grijalva went into self-isolation on Wednesday until he got a test," Nolan said.

In a statement Saturday, Grijalva slammed Republicans who don't wear masks in the building, citing the events of the week.

Nolan said that Grijalva is currently asymptomatic and that "he's feeling fine and is just getting some rest. "

Grijalva will be quarantining in his home in the Washington area, and some of the staffers who had been with him during the week are going to be tested as well, Nolan added.

He noted that Grijalva wears a mask every day at the Capitol.

Grijalva also praised House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's mandate requiring all House members and aides to wear masks on the floor "to keep members and staff safe from those looking to score quick political points," he said.

At least five other House members have announced they tested positive: Republican Reps.

On the Senate side, Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia announced in May that he and his wife tested positive for coronavirus antibodies.

In late March, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky tested positive but has since recovered.

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