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Rep. Rick Allen Becomes Latest Member Of Congress To Test Positive For COVID-19

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Henry Rodgers Senior Congressional Correspondent
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Republican Texas Rep. Rick Allen tested positive for coronavirus Tuesday and said he will be self-quarantining and working from home.

Allen released a statement saying he tested positive for COVID-19, saying that he is feeling fine while experiencing no symptoms. With Allen, there are at least 28 current members of the House -19 Republicans and nine Democrats- who have tested positive, according to Fox News Congressional Correspondent Chad Pergram. There is also at least one incoming member of the House who has tested positive.

“I have been undergoing regular COVID-19 testing and learned today that I have tested positive for COVID-19. I do not have any symptoms and will continue to work on behalf of the 12th District from home as I quarantine,” Allen said in a statement.

Rep. Rick Allen, R-Ga., does a TV stand up outside of the U.S. Capitol before the House vote on the $483.4 billion economic relief package on Thursday, April 23, 2020.(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

In the Senate, there are at least seven current members, all Republican, who have tested positive, Pergram reported. Republican Florida Sen. Rick Scott tested positive for coronavirus Friday and said he had mild symptoms. (RELATED: Sen. Rick Scott Tests Positive For Coronavirus)

Democratic Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos was the last House member to test positive for coronavirus, making an announcement on Nov. 16 that she will be working from home until she recovers. Bustos serves as the chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). (RELATED: ‘I’m Furious’: DCCC Chairwoman Rep. Cheri Bustos Reportedly Blames Polls For Democrat Losses In The House)

Republican Georgia Rep. Drew Ferguson tested positive for coronavirus in late October.