CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-9th District) is positive for coronavirus, his office confirmed to WFXR News.
Griffith, who represents the sprawling 9th District from Salem west to the Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia borders, developed symptoms and was tested over the weekend.
“Although he does not currently have significant symptoms, he will continue to self-isolate as he performs his duties on behalf of Virginia’s Ninth Congressional District,” a statement from his office says.
WFXR News spoke with Griffith Tuesday, after receiving his positive diagnosis. He said his symptoms are very mild.
“I’m doing pretty good,” Griffith told WFXR’s Len Stevens. “I had cold-like symptoms, I developed a small fever, so I went in and did the proper thing and got tested and found out today that I tested positive.”
In Congress since 2011, Griffith was previously a Virginia State Delegate from 1994 to 2011.
Griffith is not he first member of Congress to test positive. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) announced May 28 that he and his wife tested positive for coronavirus antibodies. Other congressmen to test positive for coronavirus include Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), Ben McAdams (D-Utah), Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-S.C.), and Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.).
Griffith also mentioned that we still need to be aware of our surroundings and continue to be socially distant.
“We just have to be cautious, but I don’t think we have to shut everything down in order to be cautious but people do still need to be cautious, there’s no question about it,” Griffith said.