WASHINGTON, D.C. (KFVS) - U.S. Representative Mike Bost announced he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Rep. Bost said he received test results confirming he had contracted the coronavirus on Thursday evening, October 8.
The Murphysboro native said he got tested immediately after experiencing a mild cough and a rapid loss of both taste and smell.
“My staff and I have consulted with Congress' Office of the Attending Physician for additional guidance and any staff I’ve been in close contact with will quarantine until receiving their own test results,” Bost said in a released statement. “We are also beginning the process of reaching out to any constituents I’ve met with in recent days.”
Bost said he is postponing his public event scheduled, but will continue to hold virtual meetings while he isolates at home.
“We are taking this situation seriously and will continue to serve the people of Southern Illinois while doing our best to ensure their health and safety," stated Bost. "I will provide additional updates in the days ahead and am anxious to get back to work as soon as I make a full recovery.”
Ray Lenzi, the Democratic candidate for Congress issued the following statement on Friday.
"Our opponent, Mike Bost, has been diagnosed with COVID-19. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope his family stays safe while he deals with his symptoms. Mike Bost is in our thoughts today.
“This is a reminder that in order to beat this pandemic, we need to come together and work toward solutions and keep our people informed and safe. This virus is not a Chinese Hoax. It’s very real and very dangerous. Please stay safe everyone.”