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COVID-19 in Congress

We’re tracking the impact of COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, on the operations of Congress.

In all, representatives and senators have either isolated because of having COVID-19, self-quarantined after exposure, or took other action or no action after exposure — some multiple times.

Of those, representatives and senators have been diagnosed with COVID-19 either through testing or symptoms (some were asymptomatic), but some additional legislators may have had asymptomatic COVID-19 before testing was widely available.


On December 29, 2020, just a week before he was to take office, Congressman-elect Luke Letlow died of covid-19. This page is populated by data from our database. Because the Congressman-elect was not yet sworn in, he won't be in our database. However, we wish to acknowledge his death and extend our condolences to his family.


In the charts below, the duration of each self-quarantine/isolation is indicated, reflecting their inability to participate in the legislative process in-person. In the House of Representatives, proxy voting and updated committee rules allow legislators to participate remotely in most aspects of the legislative process. In the Senate, quarantined and isolated legislators cannot vote remotely on legislation but may be able to participate in some committee activities.


Date Legislator Event Action Links
3/9/20 Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL-1) contact with CPAC attendee who tested positive self-quarantined until 3/12/2020, tested negative tweet tweet
3/9/20 Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26) contact with someone who tested positive self-quarantined until 3/18/2020, DC office to telework tweet tweet
3/9/20 Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) contact with two people who tested positive at different times self-quarantined, extended quarantine after found out about contact with second person who tested positive, tested negative, exited quarantine 3/17/2020 tweet tweet
3/9/20 Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-1) contact took no action tweet
3/9/20 Rep. Doug Collins (GA-9) contact self-quarantined until 3/12/2020 tweet
3/9/20 Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-4) contact self-quarantined until 3/13/2020 tweet tweet
3/9/20 Rep. Mark Meadows (NC-11) contact with CPAC attendee who tested positive self-quarantined until 3/12/2020 tweet news story
3/10/20 Rep. Donald Beyer (VA-8) contact with someone who tested positive self-quarantined until 3/16/2020 tweet tweet
3/11/20 Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA) DC staffer tested positive DC office to telework tweet
3/12/20 Sen. Sherrod Brown (OH) staffer in another senator’s office tested positive DC office to telework press release
3/12/20 Sen. Joe Manchin (WV) energy staff? DC office to telework tweet
3/12/20 Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC) contact with someone who tested positive self-quarantined until 3/16/2020; tested negative tweet tweet
3/12/20 Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) contact took no action yet tweet
3/12/20 Sen. Rick Scott (FL) contact with someone who tested positive exited self-quarantine 3/23/2020 tweet interview tweet
3/15/20 Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-6) DC staffer tested positive DC office to telework tweet
3/15/20 Sen. Ron Johnson (WI) contact with someone who tested positive took no action tweet
3/15/20 Rep. John Yarmuth (KY-3) contact with someone who tested positive self-quarantine until 3/23/2020; tested negative tweet tweet
3/15/20 Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-28) contact with someone who tested positive said he self-quarantined until "a few days ago" on 3/27/2020tweet
3/16/20 Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-4) contact with someone who tested positive self-quarantine until 3/23/2020 tweet
3/16/20 Rep. Ben Luján (NM-3) contact with someone who tested positive self-quarantine until 3/30/2020 tweet
3/16/20 Sen. Tom Carper (DE) district staffer tested positive DC and district staff self-isolating tweet
3/17/20 Sen. Cory Gardner (CO) contact with someone who tested positive exited self-quarantine 3/25/2020 tweet tweet
3/17/20 Rep. Jason Crow (CO-6) contact with a constituent who tested positive self-quarantine until 3/25/2020 tweet
3/18/20 Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-8) contact with someone who tested positive self-quarantine until 3/29/2020 tweet
3/18/20 Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) tested positive isolation until 3/28/2020 tweet
3/18/20 Rep. Ben McAdams (UT-4) tested positive exited isolation 3/30/2020 having been declared "virus free" by doctors tweet interview
3/18/20 Rep. Drew Ferguson (GA-3) contact with someone who tested positive self-quarantine until 3/27/2020 tweet tweet
3/18/20 Rep. Steve Scalise (LA-1) contact with Diaz-Balart self-quarantine until possibly 4/1/2020, two weeks after the announcement tweet
3/18/20 Rep. Ann Wagner (MO-2) contact with (presumably) Diaz-Balart exited self-quarantine by 4/3/2020 when she delivered food donations in person tweet tweet
3/18/20 Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-7) contact with Diaz-Balart exited self-quarantine 3/29/2020 tweet tweet
3/18/20 Rep. Kathleen Rice (NY-4) contact with someone who tested positive self-quarantine until 3/27/2020 tweet
3/19/20 Rep. Kendra Horn (OK-5) contact with McAdams self-quarantine until possibly 4/2/2020, two weeks after the announcement tweet
3/19/20 Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL-24) contact with Diaz-Balart exited self-quarantine 4/5/2020 tweet tweet
3/19/20 Rep. Joe Cunningham (SC-1) contact with another legislator who tested positive, then tested positive himself exited isolation 4/1//2020 tweet tweet news
3/19/20 Rep. Tom Cole (OK-4) contact with Diaz-Balart exited self-quarantine 3/28/2020 tweet press release
3/19/20 Rep. Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) contact with McAdams self-quarantine until 3/27/2020 tweet
3/19/20 Rep. David Price (NC-4) contact with another legislator who tested positive self-quarantine until 3/25/2020 tweet
3/19/20 Rep. Sharice Davids (KS-3) contact with another legislator who tested positive exited self-quarantine 3/26/2020 tweet tweet
3/19/20 Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) contact with another legislator who tested positive exited self-quarantine 3/25/2020; tested negative; maintaining social distancing tweet press release
3/19/20 Rep. Andy Kim (NJ-3) contact with another legislator who tested positive self-quarantine until 4/2/2020 tweet
3/22/20 Sen. Rand Paul (KY) tested positiveexited isolation 4/5/2020 tweet news
3/22/20 Sen. Mike Lee (UT) contact with Rand Paulexited self-quarantine 4/5/2020 tweet news
3/22/20 Sen. Mitt Romney (UT) contact with Rand Paulexited self-quarantine 4/5/2020, tested negative tweet news news
3/24/20 Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) contact with a doctor who tested positive self-quarantine until 4/7/2020 tweet
3/25/20 Rep. Katie Porter (CA-45) unknown self-quarantine; end date uncertain; test results negative tweet tweet
3/25/20 Rep. Seth Moulton (MA-6) unknown self-quarantine; end date uncertain tweet
3/25/20 Sen. John Thune (SD) unknown self-quarantine; end date uncertain news article
3/25/20 Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (TX-7) unknown self-quarantine; end date uncertain tweet
3/26/20 Rep. Ayanna Pressley (MA-7) unknown self-quarantine; end date uncertain; tested negative on 3/31/2020 news article
3/27/20 Rep. Mike Kelly (PA-16) tested positive isolation until 4/10/2020 press release
3/30/20 Rep. Nydia Velázquez (NY-7) diagnosed with presumed coronavirus infection self-quarantine until 4/13/2020; she will not get a test tweet
4/5/20 Rep. Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) spouse has confirmed case self-quarantine until 4/19/2020 at least; will be tested news article
4/6/20 Rep. Neal Dunn (FL-2) tested positive isolation until at least 4/20/2020 news
5/11/20 Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN) staff member tested positive self-quarantine until 5/25/2020 news
5/28/20 Sen. Tim Kaine (VA) tested positive for antibodies news
5/29/20 Sen. Bob Casey (PA) tested positive for antibodies news
6/15/20 Rep. Tom Rice (SC-7) tested positive isolation until 6/29/2020 news
7/8/20 Rep. Randy Weber (TX-14) apparent exposure to someone positive self-quarantine June 29 - July 3 tweet
7/14/20 Rep. Morgan Griffith (VA-9) tested positive isolation until 8/1/2020 tweet
7/15/20 Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (IN-9) tested positive for antibodies news
7/29/20 Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-1) tested positive isolation until 8/12/2020 news
7/29/20 Rep. Kay Granger (TX-12) exposed by Rep. Gohmert; results negative as of 7/31/2020 self-quarantine until 8/12/2020 tweet tweet
7/29/20 Rep. Mike Johnson (LA-4) exposed by Rep. Gohmert self-quarantine until 8/12/2020 tweet
7/29/20 Rep. Raúl Grijalva (AZ-3) tested positive after exposure by Rep. Gohmert isolation until 8/12/2020 tweet tweet
7/31/20 Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14) exposed by Rep. Gohmert self-quarantine until 8/14/2020 tweet
7/29/20 Rep. Jody Hice (GA-10) exposed by Rep. Gohmert self-quarantine until 8/12/2020 tweet
8/5/20 Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13) tested positive isolation until 8/19/2020 tweet
8/10/20 Rep. Thomas Massie (KY-4) tested positive for antibodies news
8/20/20 Sen. Bill Cassidy (LA) tested positive isolation until 9/3/2020 news
8/22/20 Rep. Dan Meuser (PA-9) tested positive isolation until 9/5/2020 press release
8/25/20 Commish. Jenniffer González-Colón (PR) tested positive isolation until 9/8/2020 tweet
9/15/20 Sen. Shelley Capito (WV) exposure to someone positive self-quarantine until 9/29/2020 news
9/17/20 Sen. Ron Johnson (WI) exposure to someone positive self-quarantine until 9/29/2020 news
9/20/20 Rep. Jahana Hayes (CT-5) tested positive isolation until 10/4/2020 news
10/2/20 Rep. Lisa Rochester (DE-0) exposure at first 2020 Presidential debate self-quarantine until 10/13/2020 tweet
10/2/20 Sen. Mike Lee (UT) tested positive isolation until 10/12/2020 tweet
10/2/20 Sen. Thom Tillis (NC) tested positive isolation until 10/12/2020 tweet
10/2/20 Sen. Ben Sasse (NE) exposure at White House event on 9/25/20 self-quarantine until 10/12/2020 tweet
10/3/20 Sen. Ron Johnson (WI) tested positive isolation until 10/17/2020 news
10/3/20 Sen. James Lankford (OK) exposed to Sen. Lee, tested negative on 10/3/2020 self-quarantine until 10/12/2020 tweet
10/3/20 Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) contact with Sen. Lee self-quarantine until 10/12/2020 news
10/3/20 Rep. Mike Johnson (LA-4) exposed at Amy Coney Barrett event on 9/25/2020 self-quarantine until 10/10/2020 news
10/7/20 Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24) tested positive isolation until 10/21/2020 tweet
10/8/20 Rep. Mike Bost (IL-22) tested positive isolation until 10/22/2020 tweet
10/15/20 Sen. Kamala Harris (CA) campaign staffers tested positive; Harris says no direct contact with them self-quarantine until 10/19/2020 news
10/15/20 Rep. Bill Huizenga (MI-2) tested positive isolation until 10/29/2020 news
10/30/20 Rep. Drew Ferguson (GA-3) tested positive isolation until 11/13/2020 tweet
11/7/20 Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL-1) tested positive for antibodies news
11/6/20 Rep. Mike Waltz (FL-6) tested positive news
11/10/20 Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-2) exposed via his asymptomatic mother while caring for her self-quarantine until 11/24/2020 news
11/24/20 Rep. Rick Allen (GA-12) tested positive news
11/12/20 Rep. Don Young (AK-0) tested positive isolation until 11/26/2020 tweet
11/14/20 Sen. Rick Scott (FL) tested positive isolation until at least 11/28/2020 since he tested positive on 11/20/20 tweet tweet
11/15/20 Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-17) tested positive isolation until 11/29/2020 tweet
11/16/20 Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17) tested positive isolation until 11/30/2020 tweet
11/17/20 Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA) tested positive isolation until 12/01/2020 news tweet
11/17/20 Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-7) tested positive isolation until 12/01/2020 tweet
11/18/20 Rep. Dan Newhouse (WA-4) tested positive isolation until 12/02/2020 tweet
11/18/20 Rep. Doug Lamborn (CO-5) tested positive isolation until 12/02/2020 news
11/21/20 Sen. Kelly Loeffler (GA) tested positive isolation until 12/05/2020 news
11/22/20 Rep. Ryan Steil (WI-1) tested positive isolation until 12/06/2020 tweet
11/22/20 Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-2) tested positive isolation until 12/06/2020 news
11/23/20 Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC-5) tested positive isolation until 12/07/2020 news
11/25/20 Rep. Susie Lee (NV-3) tested positive isolation until 12/09/2020 tweet
11/30/20 Rep. Ken Calvert (CA-42) tested positive isolationd until 12//14/2020 news
11/30/20 Rep. Austin Scott (GA-8) tested positive isolation until 12/14/2020 tweet
12/1/20 Rep. Ted Budd (NC-13) tested positive isolation until 12/15/2020 tweet
12/4/20 Rep. Robert Aderholt (AL-4) tested positive isolation until 12/18/2020 tweet
12/11/20 Rep. Devin Nunes (CA-22) tested positive for antibodies news
12/15/20 Rep. Barry Loudermilk (GA-11) tested positive isolation until 12/29/2020 press release
12/16/20 Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-2) tested positive isolation until 12/30/2020 news
12/17/20 Rep. Mike Rogers (AL-3) tested positive isolation until 12/31/2020 tweet
12/17/20 Rep. Cedric Richmond (LA-2) tested positive isolation until 12/31/2020 tweet
12/18/20 Rep. Eshoo (CA-18) exposed to someone positive self-quarantine until 01/01/21 tweet
12/23/20 Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-2) tested positive isolation until 01/06/21 news
12/28/20 Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-4) tested positive isolationd until 01/03/21; Moore announced her illness on 12/28/20; on 1/6/21, she said in an interview she tested positive on 12/23. tweet
12/30/20 Sen. Doug Jones (AL) exposed to someone positive self-quarantine until 01/13/21 tweet
12/31/20 Sen. David Perdue (GA) exposed to someone positive self-quarantine until 01/14/21 news
1/3/21 Rep. David Valadao (CA-21) tested positive on Dec. 31 (date at left reflects his start of service in Congress) isolation until 1/12/21 news
1/3/21 Rep. Maria Salazar (FL-27) tested positive on Dec. 31 (date at left reflects her start of service in Congress) isolation until 1/12/21 tweet
1/4/21 Rep. Kay Granger (TX-12) tested positive isolation until 1/18/21 tweet
1/5/21 Rep. Kevin Brady (TX-8) tested positive isolation until 1/19/21 tweet
1/6/21 Rep. Michelle Steel (CA-48) tested positive isolation until 1/20/21 news
1/6/21 Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) tested positive isolation until 1/20/21 news
1/6/21 Rep. Jake LaTurner (KS-2) tested positive isolation until 1/20/21 tweet
1/10/21 Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (TN-3) tested positive isolation until 1/24/2021 press release
1/11/21 Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) tested positive isolation until 1/25/2021 tweet
1/12/21 Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-7) tested positive isolation until 1/26/2021 tweet
1/12/21 Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10) tested positive isolation until 1/26/2021 tweet
1/14/21 Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) tested positive isolation until 1/28/21 tweet
1/15/21 Rep. Louis Correa (CA-46) tested positive isolation until 1/29/21 tweet