First-responder, husband of Congresswoman Jahana Hayes tests positive for COVID-19


WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — U.S. Congresswoman Jahana Hayes announced Thursday her husband, a police detective in Waterbury, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Rep. Hayes, who represents Connecticut’s 5th District in Washington D.C. made the following statement regarding her husband’s diagnosis:

This week, my husband, a first responder in the City of Waterbury was exposed to and tested positive for COVID-19 at his workplace. I am incredibly grateful that at this time he seems to be healthy and asymptomatic.

– Congresswoman Jahana Hayes

Hayes also relayed that she was tested for the virus, as well, and results came back negative. She and her family will be quarantining for the next two weeks.

“While some are clamoring to return to Washington to conduct in-person business, this test result in my own family has reinforced that we still have a ways to go – and there is still real danger in a premature return to regular order for Congress and the country, without appropriate precautions,” she continued.

When News 8 spoke with the former Connecticut Teacher of the Year, she said though she feels her family has been very cautious during the entire pandemic, she warned that we must also be cautious with respect to reopening the state.

We know too little about this virus and how it moves for us to proceed without proper precautions in place…And I know personally over a dozen people that have lost a battle with this virus so I think the other part of this is there’s just this huge emotional toll.

– Rep.Jahana Hayes/5th District (D)

Moving forward, Congresswoman Hayes told News 8 we need to provide long-term funding for coronavirus research.

Currently, Congress is in recess until May 4th.

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