Days after being forced to share air with a Texas Congressman (and a staunch anti-mask enthusiast) who tested positive for COVID-19 the next day, Democratic Congresswoman Raúl Grijalva announced on Saturday that too he tested positive for the deadly virus.
WASHINGTON– – Deputy Raúl M. Grijalva made the following statement today test positive for COVID-19:
"The attending doctor at the Capitol informed me that I had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, at his recommendation, I will isolate myself in quarantine. I currently have no symptoms, feel good and hope for a quick and quick recovery.
“Although I cannot blame anyone directly, this week has shown that there are some Congress members who are not taking this crisis seriously. Numerous Republican members routinely strut through the Capitol without a mask to selfishly make a political statement at the expense of their colleagues, employees, and families. I am pleased that spokesman Pelosi has mandated the use of masks in the Capitol to protect members and staff from those who want quick political points. Stopping the spread of a deadly virus shouldn't be a partisan problem.
“I urge all of us to recognize the severity of this virus and to follow CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of our family, friends and loved ones. We can all help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. "
Unlike those who work for Rep. Louie Gohmert, the Texas Congresswoman mentioned above, the majority of Rep. Grijalva's employees have been working remotely for months. Therefore, unlike Rep. Gohmert, no "personal" disclosure party of his COVID-19 test results was required. The Washington Post's Radley Balko emphasized that the hearing that brought Congressmen (and others) together was also not required.