“After a number of destructive tests, each Lourdes and I examined positive for COVID-19 yesterday. We’re each feeling good and experiencing no signs right now,” Gimenez mentioned in a press release.

“I’ll proceed attending New Member Orientation nearly and getting ready our workplace to serve the individuals of Florida’s 26th Congressional District from Westchester to Key West till I can resume my regular schedule. I’m extraordinarily grateful for all the unimaginable well being care staff who’re tirelessly devoted to their sufferers.”

Previous to flipping a south Florida Home seat earlier this month, Gimenez, a Republican, was the mayor of Miami-Dade County. He defeated Democratic Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.

His analysis follows a rising variety of lawmakers from each events and chambers of Congress which have introduced they’ve examined positive.

Rep. Rick Allen, a Republican from Georgia, and Rep. Susie Lee, a Democrat from Nevada, introduced individually on Wednesday that that they had contracted the virus.

Their bulletins got here simply days after two different lawmakers — Reps. Bryan Steil, a Republican from Wisconsin, and Joe Courtney, a Democrat from Connecticut — mentioned that they had been recognized with the virus as properly.
The US on Friday marked the 25th day in a row with greater than 100,000 new instances, together with instances from states that did not report on the vacation. Hospitalizations hit a brand new excessive Thursday — for the 17th consecutive day — with greater than 90,400 Covid-19 sufferers nationwide, based on the COVID Monitoring Undertaking.

The nation’s dying toll for the reason that pandemic’s begin is now greater than 264,000. And practically one other 60,000 individuals may lose their lives over the following three weeks, based on an ensemble forecast printed by the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention this week.

The White Home coronavirus process drive is recommending a major improve in testing in addition to extra, accelerated mitigation measures in its weekly stories to states.

A number of state stories dated November 22 and obtained by MeSlop present a vital evaluation from the duty drive at a time when it says Individuals should undertake “vital conduct change,” urging state and native officers to take proactive steps towards these ends.

MeSlop’s Ray Sanchez and Christina Maxouris contributed to this report.