Rep. Nydia Velazquez Says She Has Presumed COVID-19 Infection

Photos showed her standing near Speaker Pelosi, other lawmakers last week.
March 30, 2020 Updated: March 30, 2020

Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) confirmed Monday that she was diagnosed with a presumed CCP virus infection three days after she spoke on the House floor and stood near House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) when the $2 trillion stimulus bill was signed late last week.

“I developed the abrupt onset of muscle aches, fevers, nasal congestion and stomach upset. I noticed that I could no longer smell my perfume or taste my food,” said the 67-year-old Velazquez in a statement.

A number of patients of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus, which causes COVID-19, have reported a lack of taste or smell, prompting doctors and medical associations to say the symptoms should be part of virus screening tests.

“After speaking with The Attending Physician by phone, I was diagnosed with presumed coronavirus infection,” Velazquez added. “My symptoms are mild at the present time and I am taking Tylenol for fever, and isolating myself at my home. At the advice of The Attending Physician, neither COVID 19 laboratory testing nor a doctor’s office visit was recommended. I am carefully monitoring my symptoms, working remotely and in constant contact with my staff.”

Dozens of members of Congress had to go to Washington to vote on the stimulus package after Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) said he would try to force a recorded vote on the measure. It passed both chambers of congress before President Donald Trump signed it into law.

Velazquez wrote on Friday that was she was “back in DC as we prepare to pass the coronavirus stimulus package” before adding that “there are reports one GOP Member may delay this bill, but make no mistake, we WILL pass this bill for families, workers & small businesses.”

According to photos taken during the House bill signing, she had stood behind Pelosi, 80, and was also seen chatting with the House Speaker as well as standing near Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who is 81 years old.

Velazquez didn’t provide any more details about where she may have contracted COVID-19.

The viral outbreak originated from Wuhan, a city of 10 million in central China, before the ruling CCP engaged in a coverup and mismanaged the crisis, leading to its spread across the country and later the world, according to human rights proponents.