U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton is self-quarantining at his home in Salem after experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19.
Moulton said he began experiencing symptoms including a mild fever and chest tightness on Thursday. He said he was feeling better, but will remain in self-quarantine until at least Saturday — meaning he will miss a House vote on the $2 trillion economic stimulus package if it comes up this week.
"I have been steadily improving and even went for a run yesterday, carefully keeping my distance from others, but I don't want to risk the chance that I pass this, or whatever other respiratory illness I have if it is not the coronavirus, on to a colleague or fellow traveler," Moulton said in a statement. "It's our responsibility — all of ours — to stop the spread of this virus and help flatten the curve."
Moulton said his wife Liz also experienced symptoms, but his 18-month-old daughter Emmy has not.
Moulton said he spoke with a friend who is an ER doctor who advised that he be tested. But after consulting with the physician for the House of Representatives, he was told that "because the symptoms are minor and a test would not change my treatment protocol, my wife and I don't qualify for tests."
"People with symptoms should be tested, and the fact that tests are not available for Liz and me and far too many other Americans, a month after I wrote to the Vice President demanding more widespread testing, is a major failure of the Administration that I will continue fighting to fix," Moulton said in the statement.