Four members of the House, one senator test positive for coronavirus

The first members of Congress have tested positive for the coronavirus, a grim new indicator of the virus's aggressive spread.


Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart and Ben McAdams have become the first members of Congress to test positive for the coronavirus, a grim new indicator of the virus's aggressive spread.

On Friday, Rep. Joe Cunningham, of South Carolina, and Rep. Mike Kelly, of Pennsylvania, also confirmed they tested positive. Cunningham said it came after coming into contact with another member of Congress.

On Sunday, the office of Sen. Rand Paul, of Kentucky, also confirmed via Twitter he tested positive for the coronavirus.

"He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events," the tweet said. "He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person."

McAdams said he developed cold-like symptoms after returning to Utah from Washington, D.C., which developed into a fever, dry cough and labored breathing.

"I am still working for Utahns and pursuing efforts to get Utahns the resources they need as I continue doing my job from home until I know it is safe to end my self-quarantine," he said in a statement.

He and Diaz-Balart both urged Americans to take public health recommendations seriously.

According to The State newspaper and WIS-TV, Cunningham said in a statement that he feels fine but has lost his sense of smell and taste since March 17. He's isolating himself to not spread the disease.

Diaz-Balart said in a statement that he is "feeling much better" after being the first congressman to announce a positive test.

"We must continue to work together to emerge stronger as a country during these trying times," he said.

A statement did not detail how Diaz-Balart may have contracted the disease.

At least 14 other lawmakers have announced steps to self-quarantine or otherwise isolate themselves as a precaution after coming into contact with an infected individual.

CNN contributed to this report.