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Days after being forced to share air with a Texas congressman (and staunch anti-mask enthusiast)—who tested positive for COVID-19 the very next day—Democratic congressman Raúl Grijalva announced Saturday that he, too, has tested positive for the deadly virus. 

WASHINGTON— Today, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva issued the following statement after testing positive for COVID-19:

“The Attending Physician of the Capitol informed me 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 strut around the Capitol without a mask to selfishly make a political statement at the expense of their colleagues, staff, and their families. 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. Stopping the spread of a deadly virus should not be a partisan issue.

“I urge all of us to recognize the severity of this virus and follow the CDC guidance 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.”

Unlike those working for Rep. Louie Gohmert, the aforementioned Texas congressman, the majority of Rep. Grijalva’s staff has been working remotely for months; thus, also unlike with Rep. Gohmert, no “in-person” reveal party of his COVID-19 test results was required. However, as The Washington Post’s Radley Balko points out, the hearing that brought the congressman (and others) together also wasn’t required.

“This is infuriating,” Balko tweeted in a thread on Saturday. “Grijalva chairs the committee investigating the clearing of Lafayette Square. He wanted his hearing to be via video. The Trump administration said it wouldn’t cooperate unless Grijalva flew from Arizona to D.C. to appear in person.”

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Here’s Interior Sec. David Bernhardt, telling Grijalva’s committee that he’ll only debrief him in person, and that the flight from Arizona to DC is an “easy trip.” 4/6 pic.twitter.com/418sKJwwcJ

— Radley Balko (@radleybalko) August 1, 2020

“Given his comorbidities,” Balko continued, “Grijalva and his staff told me they saw this as a childish taunt—a dare. He agreed anyway, because he thought investigating what happened is important.”

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Ohio governor tests positive for coronavirus prior to Trump visit

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested positive for the coronavirus moments before he was set to meet President Trump for his visit to Cleveland.

DeWine, a Republican, tested positive on Thursday during the standard testing that is completed by all individuals before they meet with the president. The governor's office said that DeWine has "no symptoms at the present time."

"Governor DeWine is returning to Columbus where he and first lady Fran DeWine, who also has no symptoms, will both be tested. Governor DeWine plans to follow protocol for COVID-19 and quarantine at his home in Cedarville for the next 14 days," the statement read.

Governor DeWine has tested positive for #COVID19. He has no symptoms at this time. Full statement below. pic.twitter.com/WnkmoGxR2m

— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) August 6, 2020

Ohio Lieutenant Gov. Jon Husted was also tested before meeting the president and tested negative for the virus.

DeWine is not the only person to find out they were positive for COVID-19 moments before meeting with the president. Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert tested positive just before boarding Air Force One last week.

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