Mis­souri Rep. Ann Wag­ner says she is self-quar­an­tin­ing

The Kansas City Star - - Lee's Summit Journal - BY BRYAN LOWRY blowry@mc­clatchydc.com Bryan Lowry: 202-383-6167, @BryanLowry­3

Mis­souri Rep. Ann Wag­ner an­nounced Wed­nes­day night that she would self-quar­an­tine af­ter meet­ing last week with a col­league who has since tested pos­i­tive for COVID-19.

Wag­ner, R-Mis­souri, is one of sev­eral mem­bers of Congress who an­nounced she’d be isolating her­self af­ter law­mak­ers from each party tested pos­i­tive for the novel coro­n­avirus: Florida Repub­li­can Rep. Mario Di­azBalart and Utah Demo­cratic Rep. Ben McA­dams.

Wag­ner, whose district cov­ers the St. Louis sub­urbs, said she has no symp­toms and was tak­ing the step as a pre­cau­tion af­ter con­sult­ing with Congress’ at­tend­ing physi­cian. She is the first House mem­ber from Mis­souri to an­nounce a self-quar­an­tine.

“While I feel fine and am not ex­hibit­ing any symp­toms, I will fol­low the ad­vice of the At­tend­ing Physi­cian un­til cleared,” Wag­ner said in state­ment. “In the mean­time I will con­tinue to work re­motely through tele­con­fer­ence as Congress works to pro­vide a strong and ef­fec­tive re­sponse for ev­ery­one im­pacted by this virus.”

The dis­clo­sure that two House mem­bers have coro­n­avirus comes as Congress is pre­par­ing its third ma­jor coro­n­avirus re­lief bill, a stim­u­lus package which could in­clude di­rect pay­ments to help Amer­i­cans with eco­nomic ef­fects of the pan­demic.

CLIFF OWEN AP file photo

Repub­li­can Rep. Ann Wag­ner of Mis­souri an­nounced plans to self-quar­an­tine Wed­nes­day af­ter meet­ing with a col­league who has tested pos­i­tive for COVID-19.

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