Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) has tested positive for COVID-19, days after chairing a committee hearing attended by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) who announced a positive test for coronavirus earlier this week.
Congressman Raúl Grijalva announced in a statement Saturday that he has tested positive for coronavirus, saying he would self-isolate in quarantine under the recommendation of the Capitol attending physician.
U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raul Grijalva of Arizona presides over a hearing examining Park Police response to Lafayette Square protests on June 29 in Washington, D.C. Grijalva tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. He said he feels "fine" and hopes for a speedy recovery.
"While I can not blame anyone directly for this, this week has shown that there are some Members of Congress who fail to take this crisis seriously", Grijalva said in a statement, adding that he has yet to show any symptoms. "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".
"While I can not blame anyone directly for this, this week has shown that there are some members of Congress who fail to take this crisis seriously", Grijalva said in the statement.
Gohmert's diagnosis prompted concerns across the Capitol, where there is no required testing and there were few requirements for masks.
"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".
The leaders in May rejected an offer from President Donald Trump to send rapid tests to the Capitol for lawmakers. The Texas Republican was scheduled to travel with Trump to his home state that day. A Justice Department spokeswoman said Barr was tested Wednesday and the test came back negative.