Rep. Salud Carbajal issued a statement Monday that he was exposed to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19, and is going into quarantine in Washington, D.C., for the next two weeks.
“No one is immune to contracting coronavirus, and Congress is certainly no exception,” Carbajal stated in a press release. “Despite taking every precaution — including wearing a mask, social distancing, and hand-washing — I have learned I was exposed to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.
An initial test came back negative, but Carbajal announced on Tuesday that he had begun experiencing mild symptoms, and a second test showed he was positive for COVID.
Carbajal, D-Santa Barbara, represents the 24th Congressional District. He is seeking reelection on Nov. 3 against Republican challenger Andy Caldwell.
Carbajal said he plans to work remotely.
“After I began to experience mild symptoms, I was instructed to take another test today by the attending physician, which resulted in a positive. I will continue to monitor symptoms and carry out my duties virtually.
“The vast majority of my staff has been working remotely and are not at risk. Staff members who I did interact with have been tested and are negative, or are pursuing a test.
“I hope this serves a reminder of how easily this virus can spread. I followed every precaution, including wearing a mask, social distancing, and hand-washing and unfortunately was still exposed. It is incumbent on every single one of us to take careful precautions in order to protect the health and safety of those around us.”