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Arizona legislator tests positive for COVID-19, quarantines

October 24, 2020 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — State Rep. Raquel Teran said Saturday she has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the fourth Arizona legislator known to have been infected with the coronavirus.

The first-term Democrat whose district includes parts of Glendale and Phoenix said she was quarantining at home with her husband, Eddie Barron, who also tested positive, and their young son. Test results for the son hadn’t come back yet, the lawmaker’s statement.

Teran and her husband on Oct. 17 visited “close family members” who later tested positive, the statement said.

Teran said she hadn’t experienced symptoms but that Barron began to feel symptoms on Friday and visited an emergency room.

“Like so many in our community, we want to be close to the ones we love. We miss them and we want to see them. We take extensive precautions when we go out, we wear masks, we keep our distance and we wash our hands, but we let our guard down with family,” Teran said. “COVID-19 is highly contagious and cases are on the rise again.”

“Listen to the experts and scientists, and make sure if you think you’ve been exposed that you get tested immediately,” she added.

Rep. Lorenzo Sierra, D-Avondale, recently returned to Arizona after being hospitalized and put on a ventilator for treatment of COIVD-19 on the East Coast where he and his wife were visiting family.

State Sen. Lupe Contreras, D-Avondale, and Rep. Joanne Osborne, R-Goodyear, previously tested positive.

The Arizona Legislature cut short its 2020 regular session last spring because of the pandemic. With no indication currently that there will be a special session in the meantime, lawmakers are scheduled to next convene in January to begin their 2021 regular session.

Most people experience mild or moderate symptoms with the coronavirus, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

In other developments:

— The state Department of Health Services on Saturday reported an additional 890 confirmed cases, with four more deaths, increasing the state’s totals to 236,772 known infections and 5,869 deaths.

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The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

According to Johns Hopkins University data analyzed by The Associated Press, Arizona has seen increases over the past two weeks in rolling seven-day averages of new coronavirus cases, virus-related deaths and the rate of positive results from COVID-19 tests.

Arizona in the past month has seen a gradual increase in COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations, but levels are well below the thousands of cases reported on some days in June and July when Arizona was a national hot spot. The outbreak diminished in August and September as many local governments imposed mask mandates and the state revived some business restrictions.