Rep. Raúl Grijalva Tests Positive For COVID-19

Rep. Grijalva routinely removed his mask on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 during an oversight hearing at the Longworth House Office Building of the Committee on Natural Resources. [Photo via Committee on Natural Resources Youtube channel]

WASHINGTON D.C. – On Saturday, Rep. Raúl Grijalva announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Grijalva said in a tweet that he would be in self-quarantine.

“I currently have no symptoms, feel fine, and hope to make a quick & speedy recovery,” tweeted Grijalva. “COVID-19 is not a joke & we should all take this seriously.”

While Grijalva was critical of his colleagues, on Tuesday, July 28, during an oversight hearing of the Committee on Natural Resources titled, Unanswered Questions About the US Park Police’s June 1 Attack on Peaceful Protesters at Lafayette Square, he routinely removed his mask.

The Congressman issued the following statement in his tweet:

The Attending Physician of the Capitol informed that I tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, I will be self-isolating in quarantine at his recommendation. I currently have no symptoms, feel fine, and hope to make a quick and speedy recovery.

While I cannot blame anyone directly for this, this week has shown that there are some Members of Congress who fail to take this crisis seriously. Numerous Republican members routinely straight around the Capitol without a mask to selfishly make a political statement at the expense of their colleagues, staff, and their families. I am 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. Stopping the spread of this deadly virus should not be a partisan issue.

I urge all of us to recognize the severity of the virus and follow the CDC guidelines to keep our family, friends, and loved ones safe. We can all play a part in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

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