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Top Pa. House Dem Matt Bradford says he has COVID-19

By: - January 15, 2021 7:30 am

State Rep. Matt Bradford (Pa. House photo)

State Rep. Matt Bradford, the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, says he’s tested positive COVID-19.

In a Twitter thread posted Thursday night, Bradford, of Montgomery County, said he “[believed] I contracted the virus from a family member who became symptomatic and was tested on Tuesday.

“When I learned of this after session on Tuesday, I immediately informed members of our staff, as well as Human Resources, that I would not be returning to Harrisburg and began to quarantine,” Bradford wrote.

Bradford added that he was tested Wednesday, “and late [Thursday] my test came back positive. Myself and members of my family will continue self-isolating at home.”

Bradford was in the Capitol this week as the House resumed voting sessions for the new year, the Capital-Star’s Stephen Caruso reported, which could lead to a long list of potential contacts for the suburban Philadelphia lawmaker.

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John L. Micek
John L. Micek

A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press.

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