Sen. Chuck Grassley, one of the oldest members of Congress has tested positive for coronavirus. Grassley is 87 years old is considered at high risk for severe illness.
Grassley tweeted Tuesday saying "I’ve tested positive for coronavirus. I’ll b following my doctors’ orders/CDC guidelines & continue to quarantine. I’m feeling good + will keep up on my work for the ppl of Iowa from home. I appreciate everyone’s well wishes + prayers &look fwd to resuming my normal schedule soon"
Grassley is the second oldest senator, a few months younger than California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, who is also 87. The Republican said he feels “fine” and will work from home.
The virus has taken its toll in Congress as it infects a record number of people around the country. Grassley becomes the sixth senator to test positive for Covid-19.
According to BuzzFeed
Grassley is the second-oldest sitting member of the US Senate. Only Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, is older.
He is also the president pro tempore of the Senate given he is the longest-serving Republican currently in the chamber, having represented Iowa for almost 40 years. This position means he is third in the presidential order of succession.
The senator's positive test results come during a surge in COVID-19 cases across the country, including his home state.
As of Tuesday, more than 11.3 million cases of the virus have been confirmed in the US and over 248,000 people have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. It took less than a week for the US to jump from 10 million to 11 million cases.
In Iowa, cases have been spiking over the past several weeks. As of Tuesday, the state had a 14-day test positivity rate of 22.8% and there were more than 1,500 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, according to state data. Since the pandemic began, health officials there have confirmed more than 191,000 cases and 2,028 deaths from COVID-19.