U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 10:07 AM, Aug 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-01 16:50:25-04

U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement released by his staff Saturday morning.

Rep. Grijalva says that he is not showing any symptoms and is self-isolating, per guidance from health officials.

In his released statement, Rep. Grijalva calls out members of Congress, saying some "fail to take this crisis seriously."

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Rep. Grijalva represents Arizona’s third congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Read his full statement below:

“The Attending Physician of the Capitol informed me that I tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, I will be self-isolating in quarantine at his recommendation. I currently have no symptoms, feel fine, and hope to make a quick and speedy recovery.

While I cannot blame anyone directly for this, this week has shown that there are some Members of Congress who fail to take this crisis seriously. Numerous Republican members routinely strut around the Capitol without a mask to selfishly make a political statement at the expense of their colleagues, staff, and their families. I’m pleased that Speaker Pelosi has mandated the use of masks at the Capitol to keep members and staff safe from those looking to score quick political points. Stopping the spread of a deadly virus should not be a partisan issue.

I urge all of us to recognize the severity of this virus and follow the CDC guidance to keep our family, friends, and loved ones safe. We can all play a part in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.”

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