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