U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-16 Ohio

Kelly Tests Positive for COVID-19

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly said Friday he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Kelly, R-16 Pa., began experiencing flu-like symptoms earlier this week and consulted with his doctor, who ordered a test for the coronavirus that he obtained at the drive-thru testing site at Butler Memorial Hospital, according to a news release from his office. The test came back positive Friday.

“My symptoms remain mild, and I will serve the 16th District from home until I fully recover. Additionally, my staff is tele-working and still available to constituents who need assistance” he said. 

While awaiting his test results, Kelly was not in Washington for the U.S. House of Representatives vote on the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package. The legislation passed on a voice vote, after overcoming an attempt by U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-4 Ky., to force a roll call vote on the package, know as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security – or CARES – Act

Had he been present, Kelly said he would have voted in favor of the legislation.

“Today, Congress came together to fight COVID-19 by sending President Trump a third relief package that provides immediate assistance to American workers, small businesses, key industries, and health care heroes on the front lines of this pandemic,” Kelly said in a statement issued following the House vote. “As our country rallies together to slow the spread of this virus and ultimately defeat it, we must ensure that this public health emergency does not turn into a long-term economic crisis. The CARES Act is a key step toward that goal.”

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