Congresswoman Cheri Bustos Tests Positive For Covid-19
“I am experiencing mild symptoms, but still feel well. I have been in contact with my medical provider and, per CDC guidance, am self-isolating,” she tweeted.
“Consistent with medical advice, I will be working remotely from my home in Illinois until cleared by my physician,” Bustos, 59, wrote. “All individuals that I had been in contact with have been notified. Across the country and the Congressional District I serve, COVID case numbers are skyrocketing.”
“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,” she wrote. “The only way we will get this pandemic under control is by working together.”
Earlier this month, Bustos (a former journalist, health care executive and East Moline City Council member) won her fifth term in Congress, beating Republican challenger Esther Joy King, an Army Reserve captain and lawyer.
In 2018, Bustos was elected Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), which leads the campaign arm of the Democratic Caucus.
Dozens of lawmakers have tested positive for Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, including Reps. Don Young (R-Ala.), Mike Waltz (R-Fla.), Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.) Mike Bost (R-Ill.), Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.), Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), Joe Cunningham (D-S.C.), Neal Dunn (R-Fla.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.), Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Ben McAdams (D-Utah), Dan Meuser (R-Pa.), Tom Rice (R-S.C.) and Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), along with GOP Sens. Bill Cassidy (La.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Mike Lee (Utah), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Thom Tillis (N.C.).