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State lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19 during special session

Virginia Legislature Special Session
Posted at 3:01 PM, Aug 25, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. -- State Senator Bryce Reeves (R - Spotsylvania) has tested positive for COVID-19.

"After experiencing mild cold symptoms, I went and got tested yesterday for COVID-19 and tested positive," Sen. Reeves posted on Facebook. "I immediately started a self-quarantine. I look forward to getting back to work and representing the constituents of the 17th District."

Reeves and the rest of the Virginia Senate are meeting in Richmond during a special session to address issues related to both COVID-19 and police reform.

The Virginia House of Delegates arrived in Richmond last week, but voted to continue its session through online meetings.

When asked if any other Republican senators or staffers have to quarantine as a result of Reeves’ diagnosis, Senate Republican spokesperson Jeff Ryer said "no."

"The Senate Clerk’s Office has scrupulously adhered to the CDC’s guidelines on social distancing and masks," he said. "Not only are Senate sessions conducted with every senator being at least six feet apart and wearing masks, they even placed hand sanitizer at every senator’s desk."