|4. COVID-19 in the Capitol: One lawmaker positive for COVID, two more in quarantine*Updated at 7:53 a.m., on Thursday, 5/28/20, with additional information.|
At least three Pennsylvania lawmakers say they’ve been in self-quarantine after exposure to COVID-19.
In a statement Wednesday, Rep. Andrew Lewis, R-Dauphin, confirmed he has tested positive for the disease. He is the first lawmaker to be tested positive for the coronavirus.
Another two GOP lawmakers, Rep. Russ Diamond, of Lebanon County, and Rep. Frank Ryan, of Lebanon County, also are in quarantine. Diamond told the Capital-Star he was also in self-quarantine due to potential exposure to a positive case at the Capitol.
The revelations come as the House prepared to pass important components of a temporary state budget during the pandemic. The news infuriated House Democrats, who discovered the news hours before Lewis’ statement.