Rep. Tom Rice attends a Ways and Means Committee hearing in 2018. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) confirmed in a statement on Monday that he, his wife and their son have contracted the novel coronavirus. But he stressed, "We are all on the mend and doing fine."

Of note: Rice appeared in the House without a face covering on May 28. CNN journalist Manu Raju reports when he asked Rice why, Rice said he made "an effort stay six feet away from folks in accordance with guidelines" and that he does wear masks when he's unable to maintain physical distancing.

"The only bad thing is I have completely lost sense of taste and smell. CAN’T TASTE BACON!!!"
— Excerpt from Rice's Facebook post
  • In his post, Rice referred to COVID-19 as the "Wuhan virus." Republicans including President Trump have continued to use the term despite the World Health Organization and others warning to do so can stigmatize individuals with Chinese ancestry.

The big picture: There has been no known instance of coronavirus community spread in Congress. But several Republicans self-quarantined earlier in the pandemic when a participant at the annual CPAC conference tested positive for COVID-19 in March.

  • Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) became in late March the first Congress member to test positive for the virus, with Rep. Ben McAdams (D-Utah) becoming the second hours later.
  • House Oversight Committee chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) went into self-quarantine this month after falling sick following participation in mass protests in New York City. However, she tested negative for the virus over the weekend, per the New York Daily News.
  • Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) confirmed late Monday that her father, Nur Omar, had died of complications from the coronavirus.

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People walk through floodwaters on Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on Monday. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Hurricane Isaias made landfall as a Category 1 storm near Ocean Isle Beach in southern North Carolina at 11:10 p.m. ET Monday, packing maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, per the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

What's happening: Hurricane conditions were spreading onto the coast of eastern South Carolina and southeastern N.C., the NHC said in an 11 p.m. update. Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith told WECT News the eye of the storm triggered "a series of fires at homes" and "a lot of flooding." Fire authorities confirmed they were responding to "multiple structure fires in the area."

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Exclusive: Trump declines to praise John Lewis, citing inauguration snub

President Trump dismissed the legacy of the late Rep. John Lewis in an interview with “Axios on HBO,” saying only that Lewis made a “big mistake” by not coming to his inauguration.

The big picture: Trump's comments were a glaring contrast with the praise Republicans and Democrats showered upon Lewis this week, and a default to personal grudges during a week of mourning for a civil rights hero.