Roll call: Status of members of the Jewish congressional caucus during the coronavirus outbreak

A list of who has been tested and who has been in quarantine.

U.S. Congress. Credit: Pixabay.
U.S. Congress. Credit: Pixabay.

As the U.S. Congress has sought to provide relief to the American people and entities affected by the coronavirus outbreak, some members of Congress have been in quarantine, while a few lawmakers have tested positive for the virus.

While no members of the 36-member congressional Jewish caucus has tested positive for COVID-19, some have gone into self-quarantine.

JNS has reached out to all members of the Jewish caucus. This story will be updated accordingly.

U.S. House of Representatives

Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.): Awaiting reply.

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.): “Congressman Cohen is healthy at home in his Memphis district and dealing with issues in Washington and with constituents by telecommunication,” said his spokesperson, Bartholomew Sullivan.

Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.): Awaiting reply.

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.): Awaiting reply.

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.): Awaiting reply.

Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.): Awaiting reply.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.): The congressman has been in self-quarantine since March 24, nine days after an appearance with a hospital executive who later tested positive for coronavirus.

Rep. David Kutsoff (R-Tenn.): Awaiting reply.

Rep. Andy Levin (D-Mich.): Awaiting reply.

Rep. Mike Levin (D-Calif.): Awaiting reply.

Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.): “The Congressman has not tested positive for coronavirus, but he is self-isolating on the advice of medical professionals as he is in a high-risk group due to his age,” said his spokesperson, Keith Higginbotham. He added that the congressman “has not experienced any symptoms.”

Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.): Awaiting reply.

Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.): Her spokesperson said the congresswoman is not in quarantine, has not showed any symptoms and has not been tested. She has been talking to her constituents.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.): Awaiting reply.

Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.): Awaiting reply.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.): “I have been at home since we recessed, although I have been to the House a few times as Speaker Pro Tem (I live 25 minutes from the Capitol). I go out only to do grocery shopping and to take hikes with our dogs,” he said. “Pretty much working day and night trying to get my constituents back from being stranded in Morocco, Peru, Kosovo, Toronto and other places on earth, working on getting aid to our local hospitals and governments, and hammering out these legislative packages.”

The congressman noted that he has not been tested and has been in self-isolation for 12 days.

Rep. Max Rose (D-N.Y.): The congressman is currently deployed with the National Guard to help with Staten Island’s coronavirus response.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.): “Congresswoman Schakowsky is doing great at her home following public-health directives, enjoying being with her dogs and spending time with her husband, working hard from there,” said spokesperson Miguel Ayala.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.): Awaiting reply.

Rep. Kim Schrier (D-Wash.): Awaiting reply.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.): Awaiting reply.

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.): “Congressman Sherman is in California, and he and his family are healthy,” said his field representative, Noah Sachartoff.

Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.): “He’s working from home in the 10th District (Deerfield) in accordance with social distancing guidelines (phone/virtual meetings only) and the Illinois governor’s stay-at-home order. He feels healthy and is not experiencing any symptoms,” said the congressman’s spokesperson, Steven Kirsch.

Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.): Awaiting reply.

Rep. Susan Wild (D-Pa.): Awaiting reply.

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.): “He’s teleworking from home following his self-isolation period after coming in close contact with a person who then tested positive following the event they both attended,” said the congressman’s spokesperson, Christopher Schuler. “He was tested on March 15, and his results were negative; he still continued his self-quarantine for the full duration of the recommended 14-day period out of an abundance of caution.”

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.): Awaiting reply.

U.S. Senate

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.): Awaiting reply.

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) (Halachically Jewish, but does not practice): Awaiting reply.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.): Awaiting reply.

Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.): Awaiting reply.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.): “She was tested and it came back negative,” said spokesperson Adam Russell.

Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.): “Senator Rosen has been in Washington, D.C., working on behalf of Nevadans and fighting to make sure that our state gets the resources we need,” said her spokesperson, Jorge Silva. “She continues to follow CDC guidelines, practiced social distancing during votes and would leave the Senate chamber as soon as she was done casting her votes. Senator Rosen doesn’t have any symptoms and is not aware of anyone that she has come into contact with who has tested positive.”

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii): Awaiting reply.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): Awaiting reply.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.): “Sen. Wyden is in Washington, D.C., working to help Oregonians get the resources they need,” emailed his spokesperson, Keith Chu, who did not respond to a follow-up request inquiring whether the 70-year-old senator has been tested considering he is in the high-risk group.

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