VERNON, Conn. (WTNH) — Congressman Joe Courtney, who represents Connecticut’s 2nd Congressional District, has tested positive for COVID-19, his office announced Sunday.

In a statement, the congressman said he was “inadvertently exposed to someone who would later test positive for COVID-19” last week.

At the time, that individual wasn’t aware they were positive for the virus.

Congressman Courtney went on to say, “Upon learning of that initial exposure, I immediately began following the strict isolation guidelines laid out by the CDC and by my doctor while I waited to get a coronavirus test. After my first test came back negative, I continued to isolate but began to experience mild symptoms. I got another test and, [Sunday] evening I was notified that the second test came back positive.”

He said he will be working remotely while isolating at home for the time being.

This experience reinforces my strong belief that right now, we need to be doing our part to help our communities by listening to the experts at the CDC—we’ve got to remain vigilant about wearing masks, social distancing, and the basic essentials like washing our hands frequently.

There are folks in eastern Connecticut working hard every day to help our region through this pandemic, and following the CDC’s guidelines is the best way we can support their efforts here on the ground.”

– Congressman Joe Courtney

His positive test comes as the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) passed 1 million COVID cases. Only California and Texas have topped that.

Rep. Jahana Hayes, who battled COVID-19 two months ago, said of her colleague’s diagnosis, “I have been in contact with Rep. Courtney to offer any support I can and will be praying he has a full and speedy recovery.”

She reminded the public that “this is yet another reminder that this virus is still rampant and we must follow all guidelines and remain vigilant. I remind all CT residents to wear mask and practice social distancing…”

Representative John Larson issued the following statement:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Rep. Courtney and his family over this Thanksgiving Holiday for a speedy and healthy recovery. I know like all of us in the delegation and Congress we are thankful for his leadership for the 2nd Congressional District, the State, our armed services, and a grateful nation he so nobly serves.”