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Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva examined optimistic for coronavirus

Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.

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Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva has tested positive for Covid-19, his office said on Saturday.

Grijalva, a Democrat whose district spans parts of the Phoenix and Tucson areas and much of the state's border region with Mexico, is self-isolating in the Washington DC region, spokesman Geoff Nolan.

In a statement, the Congressman criticized some other Congress members for not taking the virus seriously and praised the decision by the House spokeswoman, Nancy Pelosi, to ask for masks.

"Although I cannot blame anyone directly, this week has shown that there are some Congress members who are not taking this crisis seriously," said Grijalva in the statement. "Numerous Republican members routinely strut through the Capitol without a mask to selfishly make a political statement at the expense of their peers, co-workers, and families."

News of Grijalva's positive test was first reported by the Republic of Arizona, who said Grijalva chaired a committee meeting Tuesday, which included MP Louie Gohmert. Gohmert announced on Wednesday that he had tested positive for the virus.

Grijalva appears to be the 12th member of Congress to test positive for Covid-19. According to Johns Hopkins University, there were more than 4.5 million confirmed cases of the virus and at least 153,000 deaths in the United States.

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