Sen. Judy Ward Tests Positive for COVID-19

A second GOP state Senator has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 in as many days. 

State Sen. Judy Ward (R-Blair) announced that she tested positive for COVID-19 on Facebook on Monday evening, according to PennLive

“I am grateful that my symptoms are minor,” Ward’s post states, according to PennLive. “I am adhering to the Senate’s COVID-19 Mitigation Policy and my last interaction with the public was on Wednesday, November 25, during which time I wore a mask. I felt it was appropriate to share this information publicly.”

Ward’s announcement comes one day after the AP reported that state Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Adams) tested positive for COVID-19. 

Ward said that she believes she was exposed at a Thanksgiving gathering. On Wednesday, Ward, 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. Ward, who sat two seats away from Mastriano, wore a mask during the public meeting. Mastriano did not wear a mask. 

Ward is reportedly the eighth member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly to test positive for COVID-19. 

Prior to Mastriano and Ward’s positive diagnoses, state Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced on Nov. 23 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.

This story was updated to note that Sen. Judy Ward (R-Blair) has tested positive for COVID-19.

7 Responses

  1. Gee.. she attends Rudy’s shitshow before Thanksgiving.. despite people lose to Rudy testing positive.. and Rudy violating PA covid travel restrictions… for a mostly maskless event.

    She’s an idiot to think that she got in Thanksgiving, rather than the event the day before.

    She’s also an idiot for her participation in the shitshow.

  2. That means her boyfriend Jerry Morgan has it and his live in girlfriend Judge Mary Jane Bowes. Senator, stop the spread amongst the elderly, please!

  3. This is all a lie. There is no virus. Its as real as the election results. There is no way anyone would vote for a Democrat in PA. Trust me. I live here in a place with a lot of far right conspiracy theorists. We know crazy.

    Now that everyone is looking at me, give me your money. Im running for Governor.

    Trump is going to endorse me and I will be the Primary winner.

  4. We sadly always read how someone would not wear a mask as if wearing one caused a major financial setback. Why everyone can’t wear a mask at all times when in public during a once in a hundred year viral pandemic of a highly transferrable virus is an unfortunate legacy of this era. Wishing all involved a speedy recovery.

    1. Will she now advise people should wear a mask? Not likely. Afraid that Trump would denounce her in a tweet.

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