U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis has tested positive for COVID-19, he announced in a statement Wednesday evening.
The Taylorville Republican, who represents the 13th Congressional District, which includes a large swath of Central and Southwestern Illinois, released the following statement:
“This morning, I tested positive for COVID-19. Since the beginning of this pandemic, I have taken my temperature twice daily because serving in Congress means I interact with many people, and it’s my duty to protect the health of those I serve. This morning, my temperature clocked in at 99 degrees Fahrenheit, which is higher than normal for me.
“Because of the high temperature, my wife and I received a test this morning. While my test came back positive, my wife’s test came back negative. My staff who I’ve worked with in-person this week have received negative tests as well. Other than a higher-than-normal temperature, I am showing no symptoms at this time and feel fine.
“Having consulted with the Office of the Attending Physician (OAP) of Congress and local county health officials, our office is contacting constituents I have met with in-person within the previous 48 hours, per CDC guidelines.
“My staff and I take COVID-19 very seriously. My wife is a nurse and a cancer survivor, which puts her in an at-risk category like so many Americans. My office and I have always followed and will continue to follow CDC guidelines, use social distancing, and wear masks or face coverings when social distancing cannot be maintained.
“I will postpone public events our office has planned for the coming days until I receive a negative test. I will continue to serve my constituents virtually from home while I quarantine. Our district offices throughout central and southwestern Illinois remain open for constituents as well.
“During these challenging times, protecting the public health is my highest priority. If you’re out in public, use social distancing, and when you can’t social distance, please wear a mask. All of us must do our part. That’s what it will take to get through this pandemic.”
Thursday morning, in a Skype interview with CNN outside his home, Davis said he was “feeling great.”
He said he is not sure how he contracted the illness, but believes it was within the 48 hours of his diagnosis. He followed safety protocols, wearing masks and keeping his distances, but said, “Obviously I did not do enough.”
Although he seemed hoarse during the interview, he chalked it up in part to the recent changes in the weather and did not seem otherwise effected.
“My throat is a little scratchy, but I’ll be honest I don’t feel any symptoms.”
He also answered questions about other topics of the day during the few-minute interview.