Already quarantining, Pa. House Speaker Cutler tests positive for COVID-19

    House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster

    Pennsylvania House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement Thursday.

    His office had already announced Monday that he was quarantining at home due to exposure to a confirmed positive case. 

    Cutler’s symptoms are mild, and he will continue to work from home, he said in a statement. 

    “My exposure and positive test do not fall within time frames of being inside the Capitol, so there is no impact on colleagues, fellow members or staff in Harrisburg or my district office,” he added.

    Cutler is at least the 15th known member of the General Assembly to test positive for COVID-19.

    As speaker, Cutler moderates the House’s floor debate and calls up bills and amendments for votes. 

    The chamber is set to return for three session days next week. Under House rules, Cutler could appoint a temporary speaker for up to 10 consecutive legislative days.

    Pa. House Speaker Cutler quarantining after exposure to COVID-19