Connecticut Congressman Joe Courtney tests positive for the coronavirus

Daniela Altimari, Hartford Courant
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U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney said Sunday night that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Democrat from Vernon who represents the 2nd District said he is experiencing “mild symptoms” and is isolating at home. His office disclosed his diagnosis Sunday night.

“Last week, I learned that I was inadvertently exposed to someone who would later test positive for COVID-19, although they weren’t aware of their positive status at the time,” Courtney said. “Upon learning of that initial exposure, I immediately began following the strict isolation guidelines laid out by the CDC and by my doctor while I waited to get a coronavirus test.”

That first test came back negative, but Courtney said he began to experience mild symptoms.

“I got another test and this evening I was notified that the second test came back positive,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of confidence in my treating doctor and in my team — our work for eastern Connecticut will continue as always, and I’ll keep performing my duties in a safe, remote fashion while isolated at my home.”

Courtney is the second member of the state’s five-member House delegation to contract the coronavirus. In September, Rep. Jahana Hayes, a Democrat from Wolcott who represents the 5th District, was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Courtney said his own experience underscores the need for citizens to take the virus seriously.

“We need to be doing our part to help our communities by listening to the experts at the CDC — we’ve got to remain vigilant about wearing masks, social distancing and the basic essentials like washing our hands frequently,” he said. “There are folks in eastern Connecticut working hard every day to help our region through this pandemic, and following the CDC’s guidelines is the best way we can support their efforts here on the ground.”

Daniela Altimari can be reached at altimari@courant.com.

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