Rep. Tim Walberg tests positive for COVID-19

Rep. Tim Walberg tests positive for coronavirus

Rep. Tim Walberg announced Monday that he tested positive for COVID-19, making him the latest lawmaker to contract the virus.

The Michigan Republican said he learned Sunday about his diagnosis. He said he last attended a public event more than a week ago.

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“My symptoms are mild, and I remain in good spirits,” Walberg said in a statement. “In conjunction with health officials, my office and I are in the process of reaching out to individuals I had contact with before my self-isolation began.”

Walberg said he will work from home until he’s recovered, and thanked people for their prayers and well-wishes.

“Throughout this pandemic, the work of our health care professionals and frontline workers has been nothing short of heroic, and I continue to be grateful for their dedication,” Walberg said. “As we enter the winter months, I encourage everyone to remain vigilant and adhere to public health guidelines to combat this virus.”

Walberg is the latest lawmaker to announce a COVID-19 diagnosis. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the viral infection last month. Others who have tested positive include Reps. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich.; Louie Gohmert, R-Texas; Joe Cunningham, D-S.C.; Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla.; Seth Moulton, D-Mass.; Mike Kelly, R-Pa.; Tom Rice, R-S.C.; and Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky and Bill Cassidy, R-La.

The United States leads the world with the most COVID-19 cases and the highest death toll. Since the start of the pandemic, officials have confirmed more than 11 million infections and reported more than 246,000 deaths nationwide, according to numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

As of Monday, more than 54.5 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide and more than 1.3 million people have died of the viral infection, according to Johns Hopkins.