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California congressman announces he tested positive for Covid-19

Coronavirus cases are rising in 22 states across the country after months of decline. CNN's Erica Hill reports.

Posted: Oct 6, 2020 6:52 PM


US Rep. Salud Carbajal, a California Democrat, has contracted coronavirus, he announced on social media Tuesday evening.

Just one day after posting that he'd been exposed to someone with the virus but had tested negative, Carbajal said he began to experience mild symptoms.

"I was instructed to take another test today by the Attending Physician, which resulted in a positive. I will continue to monitor symptoms and carry out my duties virtually," Carbajal said in a statement he linked to from Facebook.

Carbajal, 55, had been quarantining in Washington since his exposure, he said Monday.

"The vast majority of my staff has been working remotely and are not at risk. Staff members who I did interact with have been tested and are negative, or are pursuing a test," he said in Tuesday's statement.

"I hope this serves as a reminder of how easily this virus can spread. I followed every precaution, including wearing a mask, social distancing, and hand-washing and unfortunately was still exposed. It is incumbent on every single one of us to take careful precautions in order to protect the health and safety of those around us."

Carbajal, who represents an area that includes Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, serves as the vice chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Agriculture.

The congressman is among more than a dozen House members who have contracted the virus in recent months, and his diagnosis comes as the Republican Party is experiencing an outbreak among some of its top members, including President Donald Trump and several prominent senators.

Last week, Republican Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina all announced they had tested positive for the virus.

Late last month, Rep. Jahana Hayes, a Connecticut Democrat, announced she had contracted the virus, becoming one of the latest House members to announce they'd tested positive.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in July mandated mask wearing on the House floor after Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas -- who was often seen in the chamber interacting with colleagues while refusing to wear a face covering -- tested positive. The House sergeant-at-arms also issued an additional set of rules at Pelosi's direction requiring face coverings in all House office buildings.

The House's other precautions to limit the spread of the virus include using virtual meeting technology for hearings and a form of remote voting for members who are unwilling or unable to travel, but there has not been a robust testing regimen on Capitol Hill, something that has raised questions in recent days amid the GOP outbreak.

This story has been updated with further details and background information.

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California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2916309

Reported Deaths: 32851
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles98992813489
San Bernardino2450331560
Riverside2338992517
San Diego2068702037
Orange2059112277
Santa Clara899831040
Kern82398551
Sacramento791371062
Fresno79033904
Alameda64760768
Ventura57941401
San Joaquin55580738
Contra Costa49759410
Stanislaus41270730
Tulare39723494
Monterey34482248
San Mateo30694294
San Francisco28200241
Imperial24882463
Solano24654105
Merced23199290
Santa Barbara23184223
Sonoma22910234
Kings18453110
Placer16761173
San Luis Obispo14851125
Madera12778130
Santa Cruz11583111
Marin11244149
Yolo10097131
Shasta9594117
Butte9127120
Sutter743976
El Dorado739441
Napa711738
Lassen506713
San Benito477843
Yuba476626
Tehama391742
Tuolumne327936
Nevada307571
Mendocino305531
Amador294029
Lake237828
Humboldt226324
Glenn179819
Colusa16849
Calaveras151322
Siskiyou138812
Mono10804
Inyo88327
Del Norte8442
Plumas5735
Modoc3783
Mariposa3414
Trinity2994
Alpine730
Sierra690
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