GOP Rep. LaTurner Tests Positive for COVID-19

GOP Rep. LaTurner Tests Positive for COVID-19 laturner in a suit and red striped tie Rep. Jake LaTurner, R-Kan. (Tom Williams/AP)

By Jeffrey Rodack | Thursday, 07 January 2021 08:00 AM

Rep. Jake LaTurner, R-Kan., has tested positive for the coronavirus.

LaTurner, a newly-elected congressman, received the results of his test late Wednesday, according to a statement on his Twitter account.

"Late Wednesday evening, Congressman Jake LaTurner received a positive test result for COVID-19," the statement said. "Congressman LaTurner took the test as part of Washington DC's travel guidelines that requires visitors be tested. He is not experiencing any symptoms at this time.

"Congressman LaTurner is following the advice of the House physician and CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines and, therefore, does not plan to return to the House floor for votes until he is cleared to do so."

He did vote Wednesday on the Arizona objection to the Electoral College proceedings but did not return to the floor, according to KSNT-TV.

The Hill reported LaTurner is the third House member to have received a positive test result for COVID-19 this week. Texas Republicans Kay Granger and Kevin Brady, who have tested positive, are also asymptomatic, The Hill noted.