State Sen. John Yudichak (I-Luzerne) has tested positive for COVID-19.
He issued a statement on Thursday morning saying that he was experiencing “mild, cold-like symptoms” this week and that his primary care physician recommended that he take a COVID-19 test. He added that he is currently in isolation at home and is following all CDC guidelines.
“With recent news that Gov. Tom Wolf has also tested positive for COVID-19, it is a somber reminder that novel coronavirus pandemic has impacted every citizen, every business, and every community in Pennsylvania,” Yudichak said.
“With the promising news of an effective vaccine on the horizon, it is my hope that we can, as one Pennsylvania family, work together to finally end the terrible impact the COVID-19 virus has wrought on our families and our Commonwealth,” Yudichak continued. “I am grateful for the kindness exhibited by the people of northeastern Pennsylvania, especially our front-line healthcare heroes, who have helped countless families recover from COVID-19.”
Yudichak is the 11th member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly to test positive for COVID-19.
On Wednesday, state Rep. Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks) announced that he tested positive for COVID-19, while state Rep. Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland) announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.
Last week, 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.
Gov. Tom Wolf also announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday afternoon.