Three House Democrats, including a former 2020 hopeful and a member of “The Squad,” have self-quarantined after developing symptoms of coronavirus.
Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and Katie Porter (D-Calif.) each announced on Wednesday that they were cautiously remaining at home while monitoring their symptoms for the rapidly spreading virus, which has already appeared in one House Republican and one House Democrat.
Moulton, a veteran who ran an unsuccessful bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination, wrote in a Facebook post that he and his wife had developed symptoms of the virus and consulted his primary health provider, the VA, and Congress’ attending physician, Dr. Brian Monahan.
Moulton wrote that despite being “symptomatic” with a low-grade fever and chest tightness, he and his wife were told they did not qualify for testing because “the symptoms are minor and a test would not change [their] treatment protocol.”
“As a result, and out of an abundance of caution, I will follow my doctors’ direction and continue to stay home and self-quarantine until I hit seven days after my symptoms started to improve and I do not have a fever for 72 hours,” he wrote.
Pressley, a House freshman and a member of the far-left “Squad” along with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, announced her self-quarantine in a statement.
“After experiencing flu-like symptoms, Congresswoman Pressley sought professional medical treatment out of an abundance of caution. She has been tested for COVID-19 and is awaiting test results,” spokeswoman Lina Francis said.
The Boston Herald reports that the “Squad” member was quarantining at home, though the Massachusetts Democrat’s spokeswoman did not elaborate.
Porter, who served with Pressley as co-chair of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 campaign, wrote on Twitter that she was tested for COVID-19 after experiencing symptoms that worsened over the course of a week.
“Over the weekend, I had a fever over 100.4 degrees. As instructed, I continued to isolate in my bedroom and phoned my provider. I carefully followed all instructions to visit my doctor and received a test for COVID-19. I am waiting for results,” the California Democrat wrote.
“I will remain in self-quarantine until I have the test results back and until directed by my doctor that it is safe for me to leave my home. I am participating by telephone in Congressional business and listening to the concerns of our Orange County community.”
News of the three House Democrats comes after two other Congressmen tested positive for the virus, Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) and Ben McAdams (D-Utah), who separately announced their diagnoses last Wednesday.
McAdams was admitted to the hospital over the weekend due to difficulty breathing.
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