Hayes Tests Positive For COVID-19
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Jahana Hayes has tested positive for COVID-19. The Congresswoman issued a statement Sunday morning after learning of her test results.
Hayes's district covers a large area of northwestern Connecticut including Newtown.
Hayes will be quarantined for the next 14 days, she also said in her statement:
“After going to two urgent care centers yesterday, I finally got an appointment at a third site and was tested this morning. Contrary to popular belief, Members of Congress do not get tested regularly. In fact we are not mass tested at all in DC. Masks, social distancing and frequent floor cleanings are the precautions that are taken in the House. I have taken every possible precaution and still contracted the coronavirus.
“My experience and the experience of my staff underscores the need for a national testing strategy with a coherent way to receive speedy, accurate results. This level of anxiety and uncertainty is untenable. I am asymptomatic, except for breathing issues which are being monitored. Please keep my family and my staff in your prayers.”
According to The Connecticut Mirror, Hayes was already in quarantine after one of her staffers tested positive for COVID-19.
The congresswoman on Saturday said in an announcement that she had been working in “close contact” with the staff member.
Hayes, however, did not say whether the infected staffer worked in her Capitol Hill office or in her district office in Waterbury.
“After a phased in reopening of my offices, I was notified today that one of my staffers has tested positive for COVID-19," she said Saturday. "I have been in close contact with the staffer and I have worked in both my CT and DC offices over the last week. All of my staff has been notified and directed to quarantine and get tested.”
On Saturday, Hayes self-quarantined, saying she would stay in that state until she could test and receive results. She also said her offices in Washington D.C. and the district will work remotely “until further notice.”
This is the second time Hayes has announced she has quarantined herself because of the pandemic.
Currently serving her first term in the US House of Representatives, Hayes sits on the Committees on Education & Labor and Agriculture while representing Connecticut’s 5th District.
She has been a public school teacher in Connecticut for more than 15 years and was recognized in 2016 as the National Teacher of the Year.