• Thu. Jan 28th, 2021

California Democrat in Congress tests positive for COVID-19

Rep. Salud Carbajal of California says he tested positive for the coronavirus after coming into passing contact with Utah Sen. Mike Lee

The Democrat from Santa Barbara said in a statement that he sought a test “after discovering I was exposed to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.” That initial test came back negative. But a second test administered Tuesday was positive.

He said he has “mild symptoms.”

“I hope this serves as a reminder of how easily this virus can spread,” Carbajal said. “I followed every precaution, including wearing a mask, social distancing, and hand-washing and unfortunately was still exposed.”

While he did not identify the person in public statements, Mannal Haddad, a spokesperson for the congressman, said in an email that he “interacted with Sen. Lee in passing a couple of times last week and was prompted to get a test after being informed Sen. Lee tested positive.”

Lee and Carbajal live next door to each other in the same building, said Conn Carroll, a spokesman for Lee. He said Lee informed the congressman of his diagnosis as soon as it happened.