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Republican US Rep. Rick Allen tests positive for COVID-19

November 24, 2020 GMT
Congressman Rick Allen and his wife, Robin, campaign along Washington Road in Evans, Ga., on Election Day, Tuesday morning, Nov. 3, 2020. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP)
Congressman Rick Allen and his wife, Robin, campaign along Washington Road in Evans, Ga., on Election Day, Tuesday morning, Nov. 3, 2020. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP)

ATLANTA (AP) — A second member of Congress from Georgia has tested positive for COVID-19.

U.S. Rep. Rick Allen, an Evans Republican, on Tuesday announced that he had a positive test. Allen represents the 12th District stretching from Augusta across all or part of 19 counties including Statesboro, Vidalia, Dublin, Douglas, and the suburban fringes of Savannah. He said he has been undergoing regular testing.

“I do not have any symptoms and will continue to work on behalf of the 12th District from home as I quarantine,” Allen said.

U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson, a West Point Republican, tested positive in October after experiencing mild symptoms. He had appeared at an indoor rally with Gov. Brian Kemp days before the November election, sending the Republican governor into quarantine. Kemp never tested positive.

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