Ayanna Pressley Awaiting Coronavirus Test Results After Experiencing Flu-Like Symptoms

Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., left, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., listen as U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham testifies during a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) is awaiting test results for the novel coronavirus after experiencing flu-like symptoms, a spokesperson confirmed in a statement on Wednesday.

“After experiencing flu-like symptoms, Congresswoman Pressley sought professional medical treatment out of an abundance of caution,” Pressley spokesperson Lina Francis said.  “She has been tested for COVID-19 and is awaiting test results.”

Several members of Congress have self-quarantined over the last few weeks, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ). Three members of Congress —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), and Rep. Ben McAdams (D-Utah) — have contracted the virus. McAdams has been hospitalized:

“I remain in the hospital on advice of doctors,” McAdams said in a statement this week. “They are monitoring my occasional need for supplemental oxygen and have advised me that I still need to be here.”

“I’m grateful to the medical providers for the excellent care I am receiving, and I appreciate all the good wishes and prayers people are sending to me and to my family,” he added.

Two other lawmakers are self-isolating after experiencing flu-like symptoms.

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) is in quarantine alongside his wife after experiencing symptoms consistent with the coronavirus, including a low-grade fever and tightness in his chest. However, he said he did not qualify for a test. Regardless, he is remaining in self-isolation:

Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) also remains in self-isolation as she awaits test results:

“I haven’t left my bedroom in five days,” she told the Orange County Register on Wednesday.

“I have to assume this is (the coronavirus),” she said. “If it’s not, that would be really welcome news. But I can’t take any chances, and none of us can take any chances.”


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