State Rep. Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland) has tested positive for COVID-19.
Reese issued a statement through his office and on Facebook on Monday afternoon announcing that he tested positive for COVID-19 and is quarantining.
“I recently learned I have tested positive for COVID-19. I have been quarantining for the last week awaiting my test results and with the positive test will remain in quarantine until I have recovered,” Reese said. “I am grateful to report my symptoms were mild and are subsiding. I’m feeling better as each day passes.”
Reese added in the statement that he was last at the state Capitol three weeks ago and that his district offices in Mt. Pleasant and Ligonier remain open following CDC guidelines.
Reese is the ninth member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly to test positive for COVID-19.
Last Monday, state Sen. Judy Ward (R-Blair) announced that she tested positive for COVID-19. One day prior to Ward’s announcement, the AP first reported that state Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Adams) found out that he tested positive for COVID-19 during a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House.
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.