Utah Democrat Ben McAdams hospitalized from coronavirus

Two lawmakers tested postive for the virus over the weekend. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Florida Republican, revealed he tested positice for the virus. Rep. Ben McAdams, a Utah Democrat, also announced his diagnosis.

U.S. Rep. Ben McAdams is the first U.S. congressman reportedly to be hospitalized from the coronavirus.

McAdams, a Democrat from Utah, was one of two congressmen who tested positive for coronavirus last week. The other, Florida Republican Mario Diaz-Balart, remains in self-quarantine.


On Sunday night, McAdams,  according to NBC News, said he had been hospitalized since Friday. He said he was experiencing "severe shortness of breath."

Utah Rep. Ben McAdams has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Utah Rep. Ben McAdams has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Credit: Rick Bowmer

Credit: Rick Bowmer

More than a dozen other congressional representatives have self-quarantined since coming into contact with coronavirus-infected people.

They include Sen. Ted Cruz, who is self-quarantined, and Reps. Matt Gaetz of Florida and Doug Collins of Georgia, who are also isolated after coming into contact with the virus at the conservative CPAC conference last week.

On Sunday, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul announced he has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first senator to do so.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham also self-quarantined after meeting with two people who later tested positive. Reports say he has since tested negative for the virus. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise is also in self-quarantine after meeting with Diaz-Balart.

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s husband also has tested positive for the coronavirus, the former presidential candidate said Monday.

This story is developing.

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