Harrisburg, PA – A state representative from the south central/eastern portion of Pennsylvania says he tested positive for COVID-19 and has since recovered.
Rep. Andrew Lewis is a Republican serving Dauphin County, which includes the Harrisburg and Hershey area.
He says he was tested last Monday, May 18, the results came back positive, and he has since quarantined and is feeling much better.
Out of respect and privacy for his own family and anyone he came in contact with, he kept the positive results private until now. Rep. Lewis says that, like the majority of COVID-19 cases, he suffered mild, flu-like symptoms.
Statement from Rep. Andrew Lewis (R-Dauphin):
“Throughout this pandemic, our health officials have reminded us that it is likely many of us will contract COVID-19 and suffer mild, flu-like symptoms. On Monday, May 18, I was tested for COVID-19 and on Wednesday, May 20, I was notified that my test came back positive.
“I immediately began self-isolation protocol and contacted the House of Representatives, and our caucus Human Resources department. My last day in the Capitol was Thursday, May 14.
“We worked together and followed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s workplace exposure guidelines to determine exactly who I may have been in contact with, and who I may have possibly exposed to the virus.
“I can confirm every member or staff member who met the criteria for exposure was immediately contacted and required to self-isolate for 14 days from their date of possible exposure.
“Out of respect for my family, and those who I may have exposed, I chose to keep my positive case private. Now that I have fully recovered and completed the quarantine as required by the Department of Health, I feel now is the appropriate time to share this information with the public and my constituents and I look forward to being a resource in sharing my experiences with COVID-19 and helping our community navigate this crisis together.
“I feel very fortunate to report I suffered only mild symptoms, a fever that lasted roughly 24 hours, and a brief cough. I feel completely fine and I look forward to fully resuming my duties to the people of the 105th district.”