South Carolina Republican Rep. Tom Rice tests positive for coronavirus

The Hill reported on Monday that a Republican member of Congress has tested positive for coronavirus.

Tom Rice represents South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District, and he discussed the news in a Facebook post.

The lawmaker explained that he, his wife Wrenzie, and their son Lucus were all suffering from what the representative referred to as “the Wuhan Flu.”

“COVID-19 is a serious, sometimes deadly illness,” he acknowledged. “We, however, have fared well. I wanted to relay our experience so far.”

Rice details experience

“We are all on the mend and doing fine,” the congressman noted, although he acknowledged that his son had “gotten really sick” and developed a “really bad cough.” Meanwhile, his wife was experiencing a “slight” fever as well as cough and aches.

Rice credited his wife with working to keep the family in good shape and despite her symptoms, and he praised her for being “an amazing, iron-willed South Carolina Woman.”

“She got it on Thursday. She is worse than I was, but nowhere near as bad as Lucas,” Rice wrote, emphasizing that “she hasn’t quit moving,” adding:

I was lucky, and it was not bad for me. I had a low fever and a mild cough. It was gone by Thursday. I never stopped eating or drinking or working or moving.

The congressman went on to state that he has lost his senses of taste and smell, jokingly decrying the fact that he is currently unable to taste bacon.

“We are finishing our quarantine and looking forward to seeing you all again. Friends, please wash your hands and take precautions,” Rice warned.

Rice joins a list of other well-known politicians who have tested positive for COVID-19. including Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Florida Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL).

Inconsistent response

While substantial parts of states such as New York are still under significant coronavirus-related restrictions on businesses and religious institutions, officials have done little to curb the mass protests that have broken out in the wake of George Floyd’s death, potentially — and hypocritically — putting thousands of individuals at risk of infection.

On Monday, Fox News quoted a spokesperson for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as saying, “No person will be asked proactively if they attended a protest. If a person wants to proactively offer that information, there is an opportunity for them to do so.”

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