Pa. GOP lawmaker says he examined optimistic for COVID-19 : Hiding Lawmaker’s Coronavirus Analysis: ‘You Belong In Jail!’
HARRISBURG — A Republican state lawmaker from Central Pennsylvania confirmed Wednesday that he examined optimistic for the coronavirus earlier this month, main at the very least one in every of his Home colleagues to self-quarantine.
The admission instantly ignited outrage amongst Democrats within the chamber who mentioned they had been recklessly left at midnight for practically per week in regards to the lawmaker’s situation.
State Rep. Andrew Lewis, R-Dauphin, mentioned in a press release that he obtained a optimistic COVID-19 end result on Might 20 and instantly started self-isolation. He mentioned he knowledgeable Home officers after he obtained the end result, they usually have labored to establish anybody with whom he could have come into contact. Mr. Lewis mentioned he was final within the Capitol on Might 14.
Sims angrily known as out Pennsylvania’s “gerrymandered Republican management” for arguing that it was protected to reopen the state – all whereas secretly testing optimistic for COVID-19 themselves.
Sims said that Pennsylvania’s state authorities committee “has been the place the place all of those fucked up payments to faux that it's protected to return to work have been going.” He continued to say that “each day, the committee has met in order that its members may line up and clarify that it was protected to return to work,” however that “in the meantime, we're studying that in that point interval, they had been testing optimistic.”
Rep. Lewis has confirmed to media that he examined optimistic for COVID on Might 20 after present process the take a look at on Might 18. He mentioned that following the prognosis, he instantly started self-isolation protocol and contacted each the Home of Representatives and his Human Assets division.
In an interview Wednesday, Mr. Diamond that he has been in self-quarantine since Might 21, when Home human assets officers knowledgeable him late within the afternoon that he had been involved with an individual who had examined optimistic for the virus.
Earlier that very same day, he had appeared earlier than a Home committee, and not using a masks, to make the case for his decision to finish Gov. Tom Wolf’s emergency declaration.
Mr. Diamond, who sits behind Mr. Lewis on the Home flooring, mentioned he was not instructed who had examined optimistic. He mentioned he by no means developed signs and didn't get examined.
“I'm completely high quality,” mentioned Mr. Diamond, who plans to return to the Capitol on Thursday.
Upon listening to the information Wednesday, Democrats instantly started demanding solutions from their Republican colleagues about why that they had not been knowledgeable sooner that one in every of their colleagues had examined optimistic. Some demanded resignations.
Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Philadelphia, chairs a Home committee on which each Mr. Diamond and Mr. Lewis sit. He mentioned most Republican members haven't been sporting masks in committee.
Sims additionally revealed that along with members and their households whose well being could have been risked, he himself is immunocompromised on account of lately having donated the present of life.
“I didn’t donate my kidney to save lots of someone’s life in order that I may die by the hands of Republicans who're being callous liars,” Sims seethed.
Sims demanded a full investigation by the state Lawyer Basic and the Secretary of Well being, testing for all staffers performed on the expense of the Republican caucus, and the resignation of Home Speaker Home Speaker Mike Turzai (R) and members of GOP management who withheld COVID-19-related data.
“You ought to be in jail!” Sims mentioned.