Nevada U.S. Rep. Susie Lee has COVID after seeing dying mom

November 26, 2020 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada U.S. Rep. Susie Lee announced Wednesday she has tested positive for COVID-19 after traveling to Ohio to visit her dying mother.

Lee said in a statement that she tested negative for the disease caused by the coronavirus on Sunday and then traveled to see her mother in Canton, Ohio on Monday. She said she took precautions including wearing a mask and social distancing.

Lee’s mother was in hospice care, and Joan Kelley died Tuesday night after months of deteriorating health.

Lee said she was tested again Wednesday and received a positive result. She has no symptoms and plans to participate in remote memorial services for her mother and do her congressional work remotely while isolating.


Lee is a Democrat and won reelection to a second term representing Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District on Nov. 3.

“This has been an extremely difficult couple of days for my family,” Lee said in her statement. “I’m going to share more in the coming days about my mom and the pivotal role she played in shaping my life and the lives of my siblings.”