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Pa. Rep. Harris, House’s 2nd ranking Democrat, says he has COVID-19

By: - November 18, 2020 11:40 am

House Minority Whip Jordan Harris, D-Philadelphia, top left, looks on as Gov. Tom Wolf, signs a bill in summer 2020. (Capital-Star photo by Stephen Caruso)

(*This developing story will be updated)

House Minority Whip Jordan Harris, D-Philadelphia, has COVID-19.

Harris is House Democrats’ second-in-command. Without giving a date, Harris said he was exposed to the coronavirus from a constituent. When informed about the potential exposure, he immediately quarantined and tested positive.

The House Human Resources Office, through contact tracing with House staff, has found no potential exposure to anyone in the Capitol.

“Thus far, I feel blessed and fortunate to be in good health and good spirits,” Harris said in a statement.

He encouraged everyone to follow safety guidelines, including mask wearing, and said he planned to work remotely until he was COVID-free.

Harris is the fourth member of the General Assembly to be confirmed positive for COVID-19, and the third member of the House to test positive.

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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.