(CNN) — Florida Congresswoman-elect Maria Elvira Salazar said Thursday that she tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be able to attend the congressional swearing-in ceremony at the United States Capitol on Sunday.
Salazar, a Republican, said on Twitter that she was admitted to a local hospital with a cardiac arrhythmia, commonly known as an irregular heartbeat, on Dec. 23, before she was tested for covid-19. That test came back positive, he said.
“You excuse me that I have not been able to communicate through my social networks, but I was infected with COVID. I am quarantined at home and getting better every day. I hope to start working for my community, once it is medically permitted », Salazar tweeted.
Salazar, who defeated Democratic Rep. Donna Shalala in November, left the hospital and began his home quarantine process once he was in “stable condition,” he said.
“I am incredibly grateful to the tireless front-line medical workers in our community who help so many people fight the pandemic. I am quarantined at home and getting better every day. I hope to start working for my community once it is medically permissible, ”Salazar said.
Salazar’s diagnosis occurs when December records are set as the deadliest month since the pandemic began in the US..
On Tuesday, the Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow died after being diagnosed with covid-19. The Republican was 41 years old.
Earlier this month, several other Republican lawmakers tested positive for the virus, including Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers, California Rep. Devin Nunes and Ken Calvert, and South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson, joining the several dozen. Members of Congress who have tested positive for the virus or its antibodies.
Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Gwen Moore said Monday that she had tested positive for the virus.