State Rep. Jordan Harris Tests Positive for COVID-19
House Minority Whip Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) has tested positive for COVID-19.
Harris wrote in a statement on Wednesday morning that he was in close contact with a constituent last week who began experiencing COVID-19 symptoms after their encounter. Harris said he went into self-isolation after hearing this and scheduled his own COVID-19 test and found out he tested positive as well.
He added in the statement that there’s no potential exposure to the Capitol and is currently in good spirits, following CDC guidelines, and will be working remotely from home.
“Working in collaboration with our Human Resources Department in Harrisburg, I can say that there has been no potential exposure to the Capitol complex,” Harris wrote in the statement. “Thus far, I feel blessed and fortunate to be in good health and good spirits.”
“I will be following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and my primary care physician,” Harris continued. “As the virus spreads throughout our communities at an alarming rate, I encourage everyone to follow the mitigation efforts put forth by Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine and continue being diligent with mask wearing, washing our hands and practicing social distancing. As the House returns to session, I will be working remotely from home.”
“I please ask you to keep me, and all those fighting this virus, in your prayers,” Harris said.
Harris is the fourth member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly to test positive for COVID-19.
In May, state Rep. Andrew Lewis (R-Dauphin) announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 a week after he received the positive test result, although he said he immediately began self quarantining upon confirming the result. Senate Minority Whip Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 in July. State Rep. Paul Schemel (R-Franklin) announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 in October.