Rep. Mike RogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersJohn Katko tapped to be next ranking member of House Committee on Homeland Security Overnight Defense: Lawmakers release compromise defense bill in defiance of Trump veto threat | Senate voting next week on blocking UAE arms sale | Report faults lack of training, ‘chronic fatigue’ in military plane crashes Hillicon Valley: GOP chairman says defense bill leaves out Section 230 repeal | Senate panel advances FCC nominee | Krebs says threats to election officials ‘undermining democracy’ MORE (R-Ala.) said Thursday that he tested positive for COVID-19, making him the fourth House member this week alone to reveal they contracted the virus.
Rogers said that he’s currently experiencing “mild symptoms” and has gone into quarantine.
“This morning I tested positive for COVID-19. I immediately consulted with the Office of the Attending Physician and am currently self-isolating. I am experiencing mild symptoms but otherwise I am in good spirits and looking forward to getting back to work soon,” Rogers said.
This morning I tested positive for COVID-19. I immediately consulted with the Office of the Attending Physician and am currently self-isolating. I am experiencing mild symptoms but otherwise I am in good spirits and looking forward to getting back to work soon.
— Mike Rogers (@RepMikeRogersAL) December 17, 2020
Three other House members have also said in the last few days that they tested positive for COVID-19: Reps. Joe WilsonAddison (Joe) Graves WilsonSouth Carolina Republican tests positive for coronavirus hours after speaking on House floor Obama said his ‘initial instinct’ during ’09 outburst from Joe Wilson was to ‘smack this guy on the head’ Democrats raise alarm about new US human rights priorities MORE (R-S.C.), Barry LoudermilkBarry LoudermilkGOP lawmaker likens Trump impeachment to trial of Jesus MORE (R-Ga.) and Ken CalvertKenneth (Ken) Stanton CalvertMORE (R-Calif.).
Calvert said Tuesday that he had tested positive late last month but had recovered and returned to Washington.
Wilson, meanwhile, voted on the House floor on Wednesday before announcing hours later that he had tested positive. He said that he did not have any symptoms.
Wilson also spoke on the House floor earlier in the day, but was wearing a mask under rules set by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse must come home to begin a new Congress OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden reportedly taps former EPA head Gina McCarthy as domestic ‘climate czar’ | Biden reportedly to select Brenda Mallory to lead White House environmental council | Pelosi, Hoyer nod to support for Haaland for Interior Six largest veterans groups call for VA secretary’s firing MORE (D-Calif.) that members wear facial coverings at all times.
Neither Rogers nor Loudermilk voted on the House floor on Wednesday.
For months, House members were required to wear masks on the floor but permitted to remove them while speaking before the cameras. Health experts say that speaking provides an opportunity for viral droplets to spread, but lawmakers had relaxed the mask requirement for speaking time out of concerns that people with hearing issues wouldn’t be able to read lips while watching proceedings on television.
But Pelosi announced on Tuesday that members would be denied speaking time on the House floor going forward if they didn’t have masks on.
Pelosi began requiring masks on the House floor in July after dozens of House Republicans refused to wear them. That group included Rep. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertPelosi warns lawmakers they’ll be barred from speaking on House floor without a mask Capitol physician advises lawmakers against attending dinners, receptions during COVID-19 spike Capitol’s COVID-19 spike could be bad Thanksgiving preview MORE (R-Texas), who tested positive for COVID-19 at the time after attending committee hearings and voting on the floor without a mask.
A total of 39 members of the House and Senate have tested positive for COVID-19 since March, while several others have tested positive for antibodies or had presumed cases.
Nearly half the positive tests in Congress have been since November alone as cases, deaths and hospitalizations have spiked nationally.