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Rep. Walberg reports that he's tested positive for coronavirus

Melissa Nann Burke
The Detroit News

Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg revealed Monday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Walberg of Tipton is the second member of Michigan's delegation to publicly disclose his diagnosis with the virus. U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, tested positive in October

“I received news yesterday that I tested positive for COVID-19. My symptoms are mild, and I remain in good spirits," Walberg said in a statement. 

Tim Walberg

"It has been more than a week since I have attended a public event. In conjunction with health officials, my office and I are in the process of reaching out to individuals I had contact with before my self-isolation began."

Members of Congress are set to return to Washington this week for the first time since before the election. Walberg pledged to continue serving his constituents from home as he recovers. "I am appreciative of people’s prayers and well-wishes," he said.

For the fifth consecutive week, Michigan broke its weekly COVID-19 case record with a total of 44,019 new infections through Saturday. 

Michigan's new COVID cases have been doubling every two- to two-and-a-half weeks. The previous weekly high of confirmed cases was set two weeks ago at 29,614.

Deaths and hospitalizations due to the virus are also on the rise, with hospitalizations in Michigan up more than five-fold over six weeks. Hospitals reported at least 3,220 adult inpatients with confirmed or suspected COVID as of Friday, including 660 in intensive care — the most recent data available from the state.

The state Legislature is also reporting several COVID-positive lawmakers, including Sen. Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township, who attended a session of the state Senate and four committee meetings in Lansing on Thursday. State Reps. Ann Bollin, R-Brighton, and Scott VanSingel, R-Grant, also tested positive last week.

Walberg praised the "heroic" work of health care professionals and frontline workers.

"As we enter the winter months, I encourage everyone to remain vigilant and adhere to public health guidelines to combat this virus," Walberg said. 

mburke@detroitnews.com