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MONTCLAIR, NJ — U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill is set to be tested for the new coronavirus after she developed symptoms as her husband tested positive for the virus, the congresswoman announced.
Sherrill, who represents New Jersey's 11th District, said in a Facebook post Friday evening that her husband, Jason Hedberg, tested positive for the virus and "was diagnosed with COVID-19" during the week.
"After developing symptoms myself, and speaking to my doctor, I have scheduled a test," she said in the post. She did not say what symptoms she has experienced or give information about what symptoms her husband was experiencing.
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Sherrill said her work for the district "to protect and provide our doctors, nurses, and first responders with critical personal protective equipment, and my commitment to deliver relief for our workers and small businesses remains my top priority."
Six members of Congress have tested positive for the coronavirus so far, according to GovTrack, which follows congressional actions and is keeping a tally of congressmembers who have publicly announced possible contact with the virus.
Sherrill urged New Jersey residents to continue to adhere to Gov. Phil Murphy's stay-at-home executive order. Read more: NJ Coronavirus Updates: Here's What You Need To Know
"I cannot stress enough how important it is that we all follow the recommendations of the CDC and the 'stay at home' order that is in place," she said. "The road ahead for New Jersey is going to be a hard one, so now more than ever, we must take care of each other and work together so that we can end this crisis."
As of Friday afternoon, there were nearly 30,000 positive cases of the coronavirus in New Jersey, and 646 people have died. Murphy has ordered flags across New Jersey to fly at half-staff until further notice in recognition of those who have died.