Morgan Griffith: Republican congressman from Virginia tests positive for coronavirus

Griffith has no significant symptoms and will continue to isolate himself, the office said.

For the past few weeks, Griffith has been active on Capitol Hill, attending hearings and press conferences related to the coronavirus pandemic. In several of those appearances, Griffith wore a mask, a political flashpoint, as some Americans argue that the requirement infringes on their civil liberties.

But the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges everyone to wear a “cloth face covering when they have to go out in public,” noting that the masks are critical in areas where it is difficult to maintain distance. social since the coronavirus can spread among asymptomatic people and through respiratory droplets in the air.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi officially requested late last month that congressional committee chairs require masks in the proceedings and exclude legislators who do not comply.

Griffith joins a list of members of Congress in both the House of Representatives and the Senate and in both parties that have tested positive for the virus.

Democratic Senator Tim Kaine, also from Virginia, announced in May that he and his wife tested positive for antibodies to the coronavirus and in late March, Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky tested positive but has since recovered.
In addition to Kaine and Paul, at least four House members have announced that they tested positive: Republican Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida and Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania, and Democratic Representatives Joe Cunningham of South Carolina and Ben McAdams of Utah. Democratic Rep. Nydia Velázquez of New York said she “had been diagnosed with an alleged coronavirus infection.”
Griffith has been in Congress since 2010, when he captured the seat of a veteran Democrat during the 2010 Republican Party landslide.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 13 million people worldwide were infected with Covid-19 and more than half a million people died. Almost one in 100 Americans has tested positive for Covid-19.