Covid-19: US Congressman In Connecticut Tests Positive For Virus

A Connecticut Congressman recently announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, CT-02
U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, CT-02 Photo Credit: Joe Courtney

On Sunday, Nov. 22, U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) said that he was inadvertently exposed sometime last week by someone who was unknowingly carrying the virus.

U.S. Rep. Courtney's Second District includes much of the eastern part of the state and includes most if not all of Tolland, Windham, and New London counties as well as parts of New Haven, Middlesex, and Hartford counties.

Following news that he may have been exposed, Courtney,  a Democrat, said he went into self-quarantine and took a COVID-19 test, which came back negative. He continued to isolate, but felt like he was getting sick, Courtney said. A second test was done on Sunday, and it came back positive.

“I’ve got a lot of confidence in my treating doctor and in my team - our work for eastern Connecticut will continue as always,” Courtney said in a statement, “and I’ll keep performing my duties in a safe remote fashion while isolated at my home.”

Courtney called for people to be vigilant in observing COVID-19 guidelines such as wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and using hand sanitizer.

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