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Berks state Rep. Jozwiak tests positive for COVID-19

By: - December 9, 2020 5:10 pm

State Rep. Barry Jozwiak (Facebook photo).

Rep. Barry Jozwiak, R-Berks, announced Wednesday that he tested positive for COVID-19.

Jozwiak is the tenth Pennsylvania lawmaker to test positive for the virus.

In a press release, Jozwiak said he is home quarantining under doctor’s recommendation.

“I’m focused on following the advice of my doctor and taking the steps necessary to recover from this disease,” Jozwiak said.

He did not say when he tested positive or where he may have contracted the virus.

“At least this happened at a time when I won’t be missing any important votes in the state Capitol,” Jozwiak said.

The Pennsylvania House last convened Nov. 20, and sent lawmakers home early as staff contact traced presumed positive cases in the Capitol.

Lawmakers will nor return to Harrisburg for session until January 2021.

Earlier this week, another House Republican, Rep. Mike Reese, R-Westmoreland, tested positive.

The cases are unrelated. Mike Straub, spokesperson for House Speaker Bryan Cutler, said earlier this week that there was no potential exposure from Reese in the Capitol.

Jozwiak tested positive the same day Gov. Tom Wolf announced he tested positive.

Gov. Tom Wolf tests positive for COVID-19

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Stephen Caruso
Stephen Caruso

Stephen Caruso is a former senior reporter with Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Before working with the Capital-Star he covered Pennsylvania state government for The PLS Reporter.