Sen. Maria Cantwell staffer tests positive for the coronavirus
Sen. Maria Cantwell at the U.S. Capitol in January. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
A staffer in the Washington, D.C., office of Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) is in insolation after displaying symptoms of the novel coronavirus for which they subsequently tested positive, a statement released Wednesday night confirms. The office is now serving constituents remotely.
Why it matters: This is the first known case of a congressional staffer becoming infected with the virus. "The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 has had no known contact with the senator or other members of Congress," the statement notes. "The senator is requesting that testing be done on any other staffers who have been in contact with the individual and show symptoms."
Editor's note: This article has been updated with more details on the case.