Adam Schiff confirmed that a former staffer that left his office has tested positive for coronavirus. From the Hill:
A staff member who left House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff ‘s (D-N.Y.) office ten days ago tested positive for COVID-19, the congressman announced Sunday.
“Medical professionals believe that my former staff member likely contracted the virus after leaving the office, but we will still be taking additional precautions over the next few days,” Schiff said in a statement. “The former staffer is feeling better and no current staff have reported any flu-like symptoms at this time.”
Schiff noted that he had postponed district events and meetings and requested his staff telecommute from home even before receiving the information about the former staffer.
“Throughout this health crisis, I feel that the job of elected officials is to push out the best information possible, listen to the advice of public health professionals and scientists, and be cautious,” Schiff said.
“I’m also distinctly aware that, as a Member of Congress, I have access to affordable and quality healthcare, and that if I were sick and needed to take time off work, I would not lose a paycheck. Many Americans don’t have the same assurances, and fear the economic pains of Coronavirus, not just the potential deleterious health effects,” he added. “It’s incumbent on Congress to continue to act in their interests.”
Here’s what he just tweeted:
I’m working (and tweeting) from home today. And will be for some time.
Not just because someone I know came down with the virus. But because it’s good for everyone.
Slowing the rate of infection means hospitals won’t be overwhelmed, which saves lives.
Help flatten the curve. https://t.co/DYGThKBgPm
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 15, 2020
Well everyone is panicking. Like I keep saying, calm down, take it seriously, but don’t panic, just wash your hands. Stay out of crowds. I’m sure if everyone does their part, we can prevent this from getting much worse.