Virginia Republican Congressman Tests Positive for CCP Virus

Virginia Republican Congressman Tests Positive for CCP Virus
Rep. Morgan Griffith (D-Va.) asks questions to Dr. Richard Bright, former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, during a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing to discuss protecting scientific integrity in response to the CCP virus outbreak in Washington, on May 14, 2020. (Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images)

Republican Rep. Morgan Griffith of Virginia has tested positive for the CCP virus after developing symptoms, his office announced Tuesday.

Griffith does not have significant symptoms and will continue to self-isolate, the office said.

In recent weeks, Griffith has been active on Capitol Hill, attending hearings and press conferences relating to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic. In several of those appearances, Griffith wore a mask—a political flash point as some Americans argue the requirement infringes upon their civil liberties.

But the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges everyone to wear a "cloth face cover when they have to go out in public," noting that masks are critical in areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain since the CCP virus can spread between asymptomatic people and through respiratory droplets in the air.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi officially requested late last month that congressional committee chairs require face masks at proceedings and bar lawmakers who fail to comply.

Griffith joins a list of members of Congress in both the House and the Senate and in both parties who have tested positive for the CCP virus.

Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, also of Virginia, announced in May that he and his wife tested positive for CCP virus antibodies, and in late March, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky tested positive but has since recovered.

In addition to Kaine and Paul, at least four House members have announced they tested positive: Republican Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida and Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania, and Democratic Reps. Joe Cunningham of South Carolina and Ben McAdams of Utah. Democratic Rep. Nydia Velázquez of New York has said she had "been diagnosed with presumed coronavirus infection."

Griffith has been in Congress since 2010 when he captured the seat from a veteran Democrat during the GOP landslide of 2010.

More than 13 million people globally have been infected with COVID-19 and more than half a million people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. Nearly one out of every 100 Americans has tested positive for COVID-19.

The CNN Wire and Epoch Times staff contributed to this report.