Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL) announced Thursday that he is now the sixth member of Congress to test positive for the Chinese coronavirus.
A spokesperson for Dunn said in a statement that the lawmaker admitted himself to the emergency room on Monday after feeling unwell and is presently self-quarantining at his residence. Dunn “expects a full recovery soon,” said his spokesperson.
“Congressman Dunn emphasizes that we must continue to do what we can to target vulnerable places and populations to slow the spread of this disease. He is keenly interested in new and faster testing to help everyone understand their risks,” added the statement.
The other congressmen who contracted the coronavirus are Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Ben McAdams (D-UT), Joe Cunningham (D-SC), and Mike Kelly (R-PA). Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) became the Senate’s first confirmed case late last month and has since recovered; he is currently volunteering at a Kentucky hospital.
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have both tested negative for the virus.