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COVID-19 in Congress

We’re tracking Congress’s response to COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Below you’ll find information on legislative actions and Members of Congress who are or have been quarantined, tested positive for COVID-19, or came in contact with someone with COVID-19.

Legislative Actions

H.R. 6074: Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 — Enacted March 4, 2020. Provided $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agencies to respond to the coronavirus outbreak related to developing a vaccine, medical supplies, grants for public health agencies, small business loans, and assistance for health systems in other countries. Allowed for temporarily waiving Medicare restrictions and requirements regarding telehealth services.

H.R. 6201: Families First Coronavirus Response Act — Enacted March 18, 2020. Guaranteed free coronavirus testing, established paid leave, enhanced unemployment insurance, expanded food security initiatives, and increased federal Medicaid funding.

H.R. 748: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act — Enacted March 27, 2020. A $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill, which will send $1,200 to each American making $75,000 a year or less, add $600/week to unemployment benefits for four months, give $100 billion to hospitals and health providers, make $500 billion of loans or investments to businesses, states and municipalities, and $32 billion in grants to the airline industry, and more.

coronavirus.skoposlabs.com — Other legislative activities and federal regulations tracked by Skopos Labs

Policy analysis: CRS reports related to COVID-19 (everycrsreport.com), Oversight & Policy Resources (POGO)

Affected Legislators

In all, representatives and senators are or have self-quarantined or took other action, or no action, after coming in contact with someone with COVID-19 or testing positive for COVID-19 themselves.

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In the charts below, the duration of each self-quarantine is indicated.

Date Legislator Event Action Links
3/09/20 Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL-1) contact with CPAC attendee who tested positive self-quarantined until 3/12/2020, tested negative tweet tweet
3/09/20 Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26) contact with someone who tested positive self-quarantined until 3/18/2020, DC office to telework tweet tweet
3/09/20 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
3/09/20 Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-1) contact took no action tweet
3/09/20 Rep. Doug Collins (GA-9) contact self-quarantined until 3/12/2020 tweet
3/09/20 Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-4) contact self-quarantined until 3/13/2020 tweet tweet
3/09/20 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 self-quarantine until 3/28/2020 tweet
3/18/20 Rep. Ben McAdams (UT-4) tested positive self-quarantine until 3/29/2020 tweet
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 self-quarantine until possibly 4/1/2020, two weeks after the announcement tweet
3/18/20 Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-7) contact with Diaz-Balart self-quarantine until 3/27/2020 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 self-quarantine until possibly 4/2/2020, two weeks after the announcement tweet
3/19/20 Rep. Joe Cunningham (SC-1) contact with another legislator who tested positive, then tested positive himself self-quarantine extended past 3/27/2020 tweet tweet
3/19/20 Rep. Tom Cole (OK-4) contact with Diaz-Balart self-quarantine until 3/27/2020 tweet
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 self-quarantine until 3/26/2020 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 positiveself-quarantine until 4/5/2020 tweet
3/22/20 Sen. Mike Lee (UT) contact with Rand Paulself-quarantine until 4/5/2020 tweet
3/22/20 Sen. Mitt Romney (UT) contact with Rand Paulself-quarantine until 4/5/2020, tested negative tweet 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; awaiting test results news article
3/27/20 Rep. Mike Kelly (PA-16) tested positive self-quarantine until 4/10/2020 press release

Closed Offices

In addition, we’re tracking a partial list of other actions taken by legislators to protect themselves or their staff:

Date Legislator Event Action Links
3/12/20 Sen. Mitt Romney (UT) unknown DC office to telework tweet
3/12/20 Sen. Tom Cotton (AR) unknown DC office to telework press release