BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: Alabama Congressman Robert Aderholt is back in quarantine. This makes the second time because of exposure and close contact. Aderholt’s wife Caroline tested positive for COVID-19 after suffering mild symptoms.
So far, the Congressman has tested negative for the virus.
ORIGINAL: Alabama US Congressman Robert Aderholt announced Sunday night that he will miss this weeks vote in Congress because after he was exposed to COVID-19. The congressman has tested negative for the virus, but in an abundance of caution, he has decided to remain in quarantine.
Aderholt released the following statement:
"A few days ago I was in close contact for several hours with someone who has since tested positive for COVID-19. While I did not have symptoms, upon learning that this person tested positive, I immediately went into quarantine. I subsequently had a rapid test and it came back negative, and I still have no symptoms.
"Over the weekend, I discussed my situation with the attending physician of the House of Representatives. He advised me to remain in quarantine and get another test later this coming week. Unfortunately, this also means I will have to miss votes this week, but the safety of my staff and colleagues is far more important, and I could possibly still expose someone. Therefore, I plan to remain here in Alabama in self quarantine, rather than travel to Washington.
“This virus continues to impact us all as the numbers spike here and around the world. However, I’m confident that a vaccine will begin to be distributed soon, that Congress can agree on a new COVID-19 relief package, and we can move beyond this trying and unsettling time in our history.”