Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) announced Tuesday evening that he tested positive for COVID-19.
Grassley, 87, said he’d be following orders from his doctor as well as guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and would continue to isolate.
Grassley began isolating in Iowa earlier in the day because he was exposed to the virus.
“I’m feeling good + will keep up on my work for the ppl of Iowa from home. I appreciate everyone’s well wishes + prayers &look fwd to resuming my normal schedule soon,” Grassley said in a tweet.
The diagnosis is significant because of Grassley’s age and position. Grassley is the Senate president pro tempore, making him third in line for presidential succession.
Most people who contract COVID-19 get well with zero or no symptoms but some, especially older people and those with underlying health issues, require hospital care. A small percentage die.
Dozens of members of Congress have contracted the disease but none have required hospital care.
President Donald Trump was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in October after testing positive. He received treatment and was later discharged.
Grassley’s absence from the Senate could affect votes. The Senate does not have remote or proxy voting.
Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the current Senate.
Grassley said on the Senate floor this week that it was encouraging to see two CCP virus vaccines show positive results but called it important to stop the surge of cases around the country.
“Countries across the world are seeing cases explode. It’s critical for Iowans to step up their personal responsibilities, to stay safe and healthy for themselves and their loved ones. And that, of course, includes our tireless health care professionals, those on the front lines working to save lives,” he said.
“This virus is hitting rural and urban areas alike. No community is immune. I ask every Iowan to continue to do their part to keep their family and neighbors safe. Wash your hands, limit your activity outside your household, social distance, wear a mask. We’re going to get through this together, but we need everyone to do their part.”
From The Epoch Times