Rep. Ted Budd, the 49-year old Republican representative of North Carolina’s 13th congressional district, said he is experiencing mild symptoms after testing positive for the coronavirus.
Budd, who won reelection to represent NC-13 which includes Alamance County, released a statement and short video on his social media on Tuesday, Dec. 1, stating that he tested positive for coronavirus and will self-quarantine at home.
“I want to let folks know that I tested positive for COVID-19 and have very mild symptoms,” Budd said. “Even though I have to stay on the farm for a bit, nothing is going to stop me from doing the job that the voters elected me to do.”
Rep. Budd is the second congressman this week who reported testing positive for the virus after Rep. Austin Scott of Georgia announced he tested positive on Monday, Nov. 30. According to GovTrack's COVID-19 in Congress report, 90 representatives and senators have come in contact with the virus or tested positive for COVID-19.
North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis reported he tested positive in early October along with current White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who previously represented the state’s 11th congressional district, tested positive in November.