Two more members of Congress have tested positive for the coronavirus, which has infected over 12 million people nationwide.
Reps. Bryan Steil, a Wisconsin Republican, and Joe Courtney, a Connecticut Democrat, both announced on Sunday that they had tested positive for COVID-19 and have gone into quarantine.
In a statement, Steil said he began experiencing mild symptoms after working in Washington, D.C., all of last week, and he subsequently took a test when he returned to his home in Janesville, Wisconsin.
“Following CDC guidelines, I am immediately quarantining and will continue serving the people of Southeast Wisconsin from my home in Janesville,” Steil said.
Politico reported that Steil was at a restaurant in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night with several other members of Congress.
Courtney said he was “inadvertently exposed to someone who would later test positive for COVID-19” and took two tests after experiencing mild symptoms. The first test came back negative, and the second was positive.
“This experience reinforces my strong belief that right now, we need to be doing our part to help our communities by listening to the experts at the CDC — we’ve got to remain vigilant about wearing masks, social distancing, and the basic essentials like washing our hands frequently,” Courtney said in a statement.
A number of lawmakers have tested positive for the coronavirus, which is surging across the country. Over 256,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States.
Due to an uptick in cases, particularly ahead of the holiday season, several state and local officials have increased public health guidelines, including putting limitations on gatherings and introducing mask mandates.