Reps. Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Joe Cunningham (D-SC) both announced on Friday that they’d tested positive for coronavirus, bring the number of Congress members to contract the virus to five. In a statement, Kelly, 71, said he developed flu-like symptoms earlier this week and attended a drive-through testing site at Butler Memorial Hospital. He didn’t attend the Capitol on Friday to vote on the $2 trillion relief bill but said his symptoms were mild and he would continue to work remotely.
Cunningham, 37, said in a statement that he started self-quarantining on March 19 after being told he’d come into contact with a member of Congress who later tested positive. “While I feel otherwise fine, since March 17th I have been unable to smell or taste, which I learned this week is a potential symptom of COVID-19,” he said. His doctor told him to get tested yesterday and the result came back as positive. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), and Rep. Ben McAdams (D-UT) have also tested positive in recent days. The loss of taste and smell has emerged as a common symptom among COVID-19 patients.