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PA Rep. Schemel tests positive for COVID-19, House cancels voting session


Harrisburg, PA (AP) — A Republican lawmaker’s positive test for COVID-19 has prompted legislative leaders to immediately cancel the Pennsylvania House’s voting session.

Human resources workers were deployed Thursday to trace Rep. Paul Schemel’s personal contacts to see if others should be quarantined.

The Franklin County lawmaker issued a statement saying he began to feel sick on Wednesday and got the positive test result Thursday. He then notified House officials.

He was most recently in the Capitol on Tuesday.

A significant number of House Republicans have continued to be maskless inside the Capitol.


Read the press release from the GOP group in the PA House of Representatives:

HARRISBURG – Rep. Paul Schemel (R-Franklin) issued the following statement regarding a positive COVID-19 case he received today:

“After experiencing mild symptoms of COVID-19 yesterday, I took a COVID-19 test today and was informed of a positive result this morning. Though I was in the Capitol on Tuesday, Sept. 29, I was experiencing no symptoms. I was not in the Capitol on Wednesday, Sept. 30, when I began experiencing symptoms. Upon experiencing symptoms on Wednesday, I began to self-quarantine.

“As soon as I received a positive test result on Thursday, I informed the appropriate House offices. I am following the advice of medical professionals and the protocols of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to ensure the safety of my family, staff, and fellow members.”