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Alabama Congressman Latest Lawmaker To Test Positive For COVID-19

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Alabama Republican Rep. Mike Rogers became the latest lawmaker to test positive for COVID-19, he announced Thursday.

Rogers, who represents Alabama’s 3rd Congressional District, announced on Twitter that he was experiencing minor symptoms and had entered self-isolation after being diagnosed.

“I am in good spirits and looking forward to getting back to work soon,” Rogers said in a tweet.

Rogers is the 42nd federal lawmaker to test positive for the virus, according to GovTrack, and his diagnosis follows spikes in cases, hospitalizations and deaths across the country. (RELATED: US Surpasses 300,000 Coronavirus Deaths)

The overwhelming majority of lawmakers who tested positive have contracted the coronavirus in the past two months. Six senators have tested positive since October, including Chuck Grassley, the longest serving Republican senator and president pro tempore.

In the House, 17 lawmakers have tested positive since Nov. 1, including Alaska Rep. Don Young, the Dean of the House and oldest member of Congress, who was hospitalized with the virus in late November.

Though the likely approval of multiple coronavirus vaccines has brought much-needed relief to health care workers and Americans alike, the U.S. Wednesday suffered the deadliest day of the pandemic yet with over 3,600 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University database.

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