US Representative, Tom Rice (R-S.C.) and his family have tested positive for coronavirus.
Rice made the announcement in a post on his official Facebook page on Monday, June 15, 2020.
According to him, he, his wife and son had developed symptoms of COVID-19 — which he referred to as the “Wuhan flu” — in the last week but are now recovering.”
He becomes the eighth
member of Congress to have a confirmed or presumed case of the disease.
He noted that “We are all on the mend and doing fine.”
According to him, his son had “gotten really sick” with a fever and “really bad cough,” while his wife had a “slight” fever with a cough and aches.
“I was lucky, and it was not bad for me. I had a low fever and a mild cough. It was gone by Thursday. I never stopped eating or drinking or working or moving. The only bad thing is I have completely lost sense of taste and smell. CAN’T TASTE BACON!!!”
“We are finishing our quarantine and looking forward to seeing you all again. Friends, please wash your hands and take precautions.”
Earlier, six other members of Congress tested positive for the coronavirus and have since recovered.
They include Reps. Joe Cunningham (D-S.C.), Ben McAdams (D-Utah), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), Neal Dunn (R-Fla.) and Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), as well as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).
A seventh lawmaker, House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), said on March 30 that she had been diagnosed with a “presumed” coronavirus infection after displaying symptoms but was not officially tested.
By Melvin Tarlue