Here are all the members of Congress who have tested positive, been diagnosed, or self-quarantined because of coronavirus

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  • Sen. Rand Paul (R) announced on Sunday that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Two of his colleagues, Utah Republican Sens. Mitt Romney and Mike Lee, had to self-quarantine as a result.
  • Four congressmen have tested positive so far. Rep. Joe Cunningham (D) and Rep. Mike Kelly (R) said March 27 they’d tested positive. One congresswoman, Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D), said on March 30 that she had been diagnosed with a “presumed coronavirus infection” by Congress’s’ attending physician.
  • Rep. Mario Diaz Balart (R) and Rep. Ben McAdams (D) – announced that that they had tested positive for COVID-19 on March 18. As a result, several members of Congress who interacted with them announced that they would self-quarantine as a precaution until the end of March. McAdams had to be hospitalized due to “severe shortness of breath” and was released March 28.
  • Two congressional staffers also tested positive for the coronavirus, one in the House and another in the Senate.
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The novel coronavirus is now spreading through Congress, as a handful of members tested positive and several others entered self-quarantine after potential exposure. Health and safety concerns led the Senate to adjourn until at least the end of April, after passing an estimated $US2 trillion coronavirus relief package to shore up the economy while the virus forces people to stay inside and non-essential businesses to close in several states.

Before the recess, lawmakers in the House and Senate had announced the temporary closure of their D.C. offices to protect against the spread of the virus.

On March 11, a staffer in Sen. Maria Cantwell’s office became the first person with a connection to Congress to test positive for the coronavirus.

Since that time, four lawmakers so far have tested positive and one more was given a presumed diagnosis of COVID-19 after developing symptoms. On March 18, two members of Congress have tested positive for the coronavirus, spurring several of their colleagues to enter self-quarantine as a precaution. On March 22, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky became the first known Senate case. A third congressman confirmed his diagnosis on March 27.

Here is a list of the impacted offices. This post will continue to update.

Tested positive or diagnosed

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida (R) On Wednesday, March 18, Diaz-Balart became the first member of Congress to announce he had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. His offices in D.C. and his district will be closed temporarily.

Rep. Ben McAdams of Utah (D) announced he had tested positive for the coronavirus on March 18. Two days later, McAdams said he’d been hospitalized on Friday, March 20 after experiencing “severe shortness of breath.” The congressman, only 45, required oxygen, and announced he had been discharged on March 28.

Before he was hospitalized, McAdams had described that his illness brought on “really labored breathing.”

“I feel like I have a belt around my chest that’s really tight,”McAdams told CNN. “When I cough, my muscles are so sore, so I just feel pain every time I cough, which is frequently.”

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky (R) On March 22, Paul announced he was the first U.S. Senator to test positive. In a statement, his office said, “He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person.”

Rep.Joe Cunningham of South Carolina (D) confirmed on March 27 that he had tested positive for COVID-19. He had previously been quarantined since March 19 after coming into contact with one of the infected congressmen. In a statement, he said that had been unable to smell or taste since March 17, and his doctor ultimately advised him to be tested.

Rep. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania (R) announced March 27 that he had also tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing “mild, flu-like” symptoms earlier in the week.

“My symptoms remain mild, and I will serve the 16th district from home until I fully recover,” Kelly said in a statement. His staff would tele-work and continue to help constituents.

Rep. Nydia Velazquez of New York (D) said in a statement on March 30 that the Capitol’s attending physician diagnosed her by phone with a “presumed coronavirus infection” after she developed symptoms such as a loss of smell and taste. She had not formally been tested, Velazquez said her symptoms were “mild at the present time.”


Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts (D) and his wife developed symptoms consistent with COVID-19, Moulton said on March 25 that they would self-quarantine as a precaution even though they did not qualify for testing. He experienced a “low-grade fever and a concerning tightness in my chest, to a degree I’ve never felt before, that lasted several days.”

Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah (R) entered self quarantine after coming into contact with Sen. Rand Paul, who is the first U.S. Senator to test positive for the coronavirus. Romney later announced he had tested negative for the coronavirus.

Sen. Mike Lee of Utah (R) also had to quarantine after having similar contact with Paul. He had not been tested because he did not have symptoms or risk factors, he said.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey (D)said on March 24 that he would self-quarantine after coming into contact at a press conference with a person who later tested positive.

Previously self-quarantined

At least five Republican lawmakers and officials decided to enter a precautionary self-quarantine after coming into contact with a coronavirus patient (CPAC) in Maryland at the end of February. Other members of Congress came into contact with infected individuals through different circumstances.

The 14-day self-quarantine period has ended for the following politicians:

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas (R) who had to extend his quarantine to March 17 after coming into contact with a second individual who tested positive for COVID-19. He was already under quarantine after CPAC.

Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia (R)

Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida (R)

Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona (R)

Incoming White House chief of staff Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina (R)

Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia (D) who self-quarantined after interacting with a friend in Washington, D.C., who recently tested positive for the virus.

Rep. Julia Brownley of California (D)

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico (D)said on March 16 he would self-quarantine after a “brief interaction” with a person who later tested positive for COVID-19.

Rep. Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania (D) said on March 18 he would self-quarantine after interacting with a friend who later tested positive for COVID-19.

Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona (R) said on March 15 he would work from home after coming into contact with a member of his D.C. team who later tested positive for the coronavirus.

Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin (D) announced on March 16 that she would self-quarantine after coming into contact with a person on March 8 who later tested positive.

Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado (D) said on March 17that he had to self-quarantine after coming into contact with an infected constituent.

Sen. Cory Gardner (R) of Colorado said March 17 that he was entering self-quarantine after meeting with a constituent who later tested positive.

Sen. Rick Scott of Florida (R) announced March 12 that he will self-quarantine as a precaution after meeting with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his delegation in Miami on Monday. Bolsonaro’s press secretary Fabio Wajngarten has tested positive for coronavirus. Bolsonaro himself has received the test and has said it was negative.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina (R) said on March 12 he was awaiting the results of a coronavirus test and was voluntarily entering self-quarantine. Graham said in a statement that he was at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in West Palm Beach, Florida the previous weekend but had “no recollection of direct contact” with Bolsonaro or Wajngarten.

Several members of Congress announced they would self quarantine after coming into contact with one of their House colleagues who announced they’d tested positive on March 18. Most of their quarantines ended on March 27 or 28. They are:

Republican House Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana

Rep. Sharice Davids of Kansas


Rep. Kathleen Rice of New York (D)

Rep. Drew Ferguson of Georgia


Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Florida


Rep. Kendra Horn of Oklahoma (D)

Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma (R)

Rep. Ann Wagner of Missouri (R)

Rep. Anthony Brindisi of New York (D)

Rep. Vicente Gonzalez of Texas (D)

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