Mastriano Tests Positive for COVID-19 at Meeting With Trump
A Senator who became a face of the opposition to coronavirus restrictions in Pennsylvania has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
State Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Adams) tested positive during a meeting with President Trump, according to the AP.
The AP reports that Mastriano was made aware of the positive test while he was at the White House on Wednesday. He “abruptly left” the meeting after being made aware of his positive COVID-19 test. His son and son’s friend also tested positive. The meeting reportedly continued after Mastriano and the others who tested positive left.
Earlier that day, Mastriano and other GOP lawmakers held a public meeting to discuss the effort from the Trump campaign to challenge and overturn president-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the commonwealth. Mastriano and others were maskless at the public meeting.
According to the AP, a spokesperson for the Senate Republicans declined to comment on the report of Mastriano’s positive result, describing it as a “personnel matter.”
Mastriano is reportedly the seventh member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly to test positive for COVID-19.
Last Monday, state Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced that he, along with two family members, tested positive for COVID-19. A week prior to Heffley’s positive result, state Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) announced that he tested positive for COVID-19. Just two days prior to Gregory’s announcement, House Minority Whip Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) announced that he tested positive for COVID-19.
In October, State Rep. Paul Schemel (R-Franklin) announced that he tested positive for COVID-19. Senate Minority Whip Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 in July. State Rep. Andrew Lewis (R-Dauphin) was the first member of the General Assembly to announce that he tested positive for COVID-19 in May. Lewis made the announcement a week after his positive result, although he said he immediately began self quarantining upon confirming the result.