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Pa. Rep. Reese tests positive for COVID-19, ninth Pa. lawmaker to announce case

By: - December 8, 2020 10:21 am

Rep. Mike Reese, R-Westmoreland, third from the left.

*This story was updated on 12/9 to reflect that nine lawmakers have tested positive for COVID-19

The 9th Pennsylvania state lawmaker has tested positive for COVID-19.

Rep. Mike Reese, R-Westmoreland, and a member of House GOP leadership, announced on his Facebook Monday that he had been quarantining for the last week awaiting his result.

With the positive test, Reese, the Republican caucus chair, said he’ll be staying in quarantine until he has recovered.

“I am grateful to report my symptoms were mild and are subsiding,” Reese wrote. “I’m feeling better as each day passes.”

Reese did not say where he was exposed. The Pennsylvania House has not been in session for over two weeks, more than the incubation timeline for the disease.

Reese is the sixth member of the House to test positive. Three state senators tested positive as well. 

That includes two state senators who appeared at a Republican policy hearing the day before Thanksgiving with Rudy Giuliani, the campaign attorney for President Donald Trump.

Giuliani himself has since tested positive.

Senate Republicans silent as another lawmaker 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.