Democratic Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez announced on Monday that she is experiencing mild symptoms of the coronavirus and is presumed positive, although she has not been given a test.
In a statement posted online, Velazquez explained that she spoke with a doctor who diagnosed her as positive. As a result, she is self-isolating at her home to avoid infecting others.
“In the wee hours of Sunday morning, I began to feel under the weather,” Velazquez said in a statement, according to BizPac Review.
“I developed the abrupt onset of muscle aches, fevers, nasal congestion, and stomach upset. I noticed that I could no longer smell my perfume or taste my food,” the Democrat continued. “After speaking with the attending physician by phone, I was diagnosed with presumed coronavirus infection.”
I have been diagnosed with presumed coronavirus infection. My symptoms are mild. I am isolating myself at my home and following the guidance of the Office of Attending Physician.
My full statement is below. pic.twitter.com/9TgPXoy9dN
— Rep. Nydia Velazquez (@NydiaVelazquez) March 30, 2020
This past week, Velazquez has been working in the Capitol and people are beginning to look at where she’s been and who she may have been in contact with.
BizPac Review reports:
Velazquez was on Capitol Hill on Friday, as members of Congress returned to Washington to vote on the $2.2 trillion stimulus package after Rep. Thomas Massie threatened to raise a procedural objection, demanding a roll-call vote instead of the “voice vote” which would not require any one of the lawmakers to be present in person, amid concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Her presence on the Capitol included an appearance behind House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as she spoke on the new $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill (which was signed into law by President Trump on Friday).
BizPac Review also reports:
Several House members have tested positive for the virus. Reps. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., Mike Kelly, R-Pa., and Ben McAdams, D-Utah tested positive as did Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who announced last week that he had contracted the coronavirus though he was “asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution.”
Following the news from Velazquez, Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s spokesman, said the 80-year-old Democratic leader had “consulted with the Attending Physician who found her contact to be of low risk and recommended the Speaker take no particular action,” according to NBC News.
Velazquez, whose district includes parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, indicated that she is “working remotely” from home.
‘My symptoms are mild at the present time and I am taking Tylenol for fever, and isolating myself at my home. At the advice of The Attending Physician, neither COVID 19 laboratory testing nor a doctor’s office visit was recommended. I am carefully monitoring my symptoms, working remotely and in constant contact with my staff,” she said in her statement.