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Rep. Jim Cooper, other members of congress tests positive for COVID-19

Tennessee Rep. Jim Cooper (D) announced on Twitter on Sunday that he tested positive for COVID-19, joining several others in Congress who also tested positive this week.

“This morning I tested positive for COVID-19. Thankfully I only have mild symptoms because I have been vaccinated and received my booster,” Cooper wrote. “Everyone should be vaccinated and boosted as soon as they’re able. It’s the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones.”

Cooper’s positive diagnosis is one in a string of many as the omicron variant spreads through Congress. Over the weekend Cooper was joined by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Sean Casten, (D-Ill.), Young Kim (R-Ca.), and Michael McCaul, (R-Tx.) in announcing positive COVID tests.

On Monday, four more members of Congress announced their positive results, including Reps. Ben Cline (R-Va.), Rick Crawford (R-Ar.), John Katko (R-NY), and Nancy Mace (R-SC).

Capitol attending physician Dr. Brian Monahan sent a memo to members of Congress on Monday urging as much remote work as possible amid the omicron surge, and warned, “The daily case rates will increase even more substantially in the coming weeks.”

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: TENNESSEAN.COM

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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