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U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson said on Twitter Friday morning that she has tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing mild symptoms.
Hinson, a Republican who represents Iowa's 1st Congressional District, said she is fully vaccinated and has received the vaccine booster shot.
She tweeted that she began experiencing "mild, cold-like symptoms," so she took a test that returned positive.
"I am isolating and following CDC guidance as well as the advice of the Attending Physician, and am currently working remotely in Washington, D.C.," she tweeted Friday morning. "My team and I will continue working around the clock for Iowans and I look forward to being back at work, in-person, soon."
(1/2) Yesterday afternoon, I began experiencing mild, cold-like symptoms. I took a COVID-19 test and the results were positive. I am fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.
— Ashley Hinson (@RepAshleyHinson) January 14, 2022
Hinson previously tested positive for COVID-19 in November 2020 just after winning a first term to Congress.
The news comes as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus sweeps across Iowa and the country. The Iowa Department of Public health recorded 31,748 new cases of COVID-19 during the past week — just below Iowa's one-week record of 32,081, which was set in mid-November 2020.
Although Omicron often causes less severe symptoms, the surge in infections has led to more crowding in clinics and hospitals.
Brianne Pfannenstiel is the chief politics reporter for the Register. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-284-8244. Follow her on Twitter at @brianneDMR.
This article originally appeared on Des Moines Register: U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson, Iowa Republican, tests positive for COVID-19