Rep. Cheri Bustos said Monday that she’s experiencing mild symptoms but feeling well after she tested positive for COVID-19.
The Illinois Democrat said she is self-isolating and that she plans to work from home until her physician clears her to return to work.
“We must all continue to be vigilant in following public health best practices: wear a mask, practice social distancing, get your flu shot and wash your hands,” Bustos said in a statement posted on social media. “The only way we will get this pandemic under control is by working together.”
Bustos announced her diagnosis on the same day that Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich., announced his positive COVID-19 test.
Several other lawmakers have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the viral infection last month. Others who have tested positive include Reps. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich.; Louie Gohmert, R-Texas; Joe Cunningham, D-S.C.; Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla.; Seth Moulton, D-Mass.; Mike Kelly, R-Pa.; Tom Rice, R-S.C.; and Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky. and Bill Cassidy, R-La.
The United States leads the world with the most COVID-19 cases and the highest death toll. Since the start of the pandemic, officials have confirmed more than 11.1 million infections and reported more than 246,000 deaths nationwide, according to numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
As of Monday, more than 54.7 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide and more than 1.3 million people have died of the viral infection, according to Johns Hopkins.