This afternoon Rep Mario Diaz-Balart became the first member of Congress to announce he had tested positive for the coronavirus. However only a short time later Rep. Ben McAdams announced he had also tested positive.
Diaz-Balart, a Republican from Florida, released a statement about his diagnosis which said he had voted last Friday but then decided to self-quarantine in DC because his wife has a pre-existing condition that would put her at risk. By Saturday he developed symptoms and today he was notified he had tested positive. In a tweet, Diaz-Balart said he’s “feeling much better.”
I'm feeling much better. However, it's important that everyone take this seriously and follow @CDCgov guidelines in order to avoid getting sick & mitigate the spread of this virus. We must continue to work together to emerge stronger as a country during these trying times. pic.twitter.com/g5W5vSQIyH
— Mario Diaz-Balart (@MarioDB) March 18, 2020