Rep. Louie Gohmert during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill last Friday. Photo: Susan Walsh/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) told Fox News Wednesday that he plans to take hydroxychloroquine as part of his treatment for COVID-19.

Why it matters: Per Anthony Fauci, all of the randomized, controlled clinical trials for the anti-malarial have consistently shown that hydroxychloroquine is ineffective in the treatment of coronavirus.

What he's saying: "My doctor and I are all in," Gohmert said in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity.

  • "I got a text before I came on from a friend doctor who just found out he had it, and he started the regimen too — zinc and hydroxychloroquine. And that will start in a day or two, so thank you," he said after Hannity asked him if he would take hydroxychloroquine.

Of note: Gohmert suggested, without evidence, in a video about his coronavirus diagnosis earlier Wednesday that wearing a mask may have contributed to him testing positive. He has rarely been seen wearing a mask in Congress.

  • Following Gohmert's diagnosis, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democrats Wednesday evening she would require masks to be worn on the floor of the House.

Go deeper: Hydroxychloroquine failed to prevent coronavirus infections

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Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva tests positive for coronavirus

Rep. Raúl Grijalva. Photo: Alex Edelman/Getty Images

Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said he tested positive for the coronavirus days after attending a hearing with Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.), who also tested positive and had previously declined to wear a mask.

The state of play: Grijalva says he is asymptomatic and will quarantine in his Washington, D.C., home. It's unclear if he contracted the virus at the Capitol or beyond.

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U.S. coronavirus updates

Data: The COVID Tracking Project; Note: Does not include probable deaths from New York City; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Despite some case decreases, COVID-19 deaths are on the rise in the U.S., with California reporting a record-high average this week.

Driving the news: President Trump said in an interview with “Axios on HBO” he thinks the coronavirus is as well-controlled in the U.S. as it can be, despite dramatic surges in new infections over the summer and more than 150,000 American deaths.

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How 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate were stranded in Beirut

The port after the explosion. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

On Sep. 23, 2013, a Russian-owned, Moldovan-flagged ship departed Georgia en route to Mozambique bearing 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, a material used in fertilizer as well as explosives.

Why it matters: The Rhosus made an unscheduled stop in Beirut, apparently due to engine problems. The ammonium nitrate never left the port, but destroyed it nearly seven years later, along with much of the city.