Rep. Jahana Hayes of Connecticut tests positive for COVID-19

Hayes, 47, said she contracted the virus despite taking “every possible precaution.”

 In this May 14, 2018 file photo, candidate Jahana Hayes addresses delegates during the Democratic convention for the 5th District in Waterbury, Conn.
In this May 14, 2018 file photo, candidate Jahana Hayes addresses delegates during the Democratic convention for the 5th District in Waterbury, Conn. –(Jim Shannon/Republican-American via AP, File)

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Rep. Jahana Hayes of Connecticut has tested positive for COVID-19 and will quarantine for 14 days, she announced Sunday on Twitter.

“After going to 2 urgent care centers yesterday, I finally got an appointment at a 3rd site and was tested this morning,” the first-term Democrat said. Hayes said she has no COVID-19 symptoms “except for breathing issues which are being monitored.”

Hayes sought testing after one of her staff members tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday.

Hayes, 47, said she contracted the virus despite taking “every possible precaution.” She said her experience underscores the need for a national testing strategy “with a coherent way to receive speedy, accurate results,” adding, “This level of anxiety and uncertainty is untenable.”

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