Press conference with Ben McAdams to raise age of tobacco 06

U.S. Rep. Ben McAdams speaks during a press conference held in support of the "Tobacco to 21 Act" on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at the Utah County Health Department in Provo. The federal legislation, also known as H.R. 2411, would prohibit the sale of tobacco products to individuals under the age of 21 nationwide. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

U.S. Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, said he tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday after developing “mild cold-like symptoms” over the weekend.

In a written statement, the 4th District representative said he returned to Utah from Washington, D.C. on Saturday evening and consulted with a doctor on Sunday. McAdams said he “immediately isolated” himself in his home and conducted all meetings by telephone.

“My symptoms got worse and I developed a fever, a dry cough and labored breathing and I remained self-quarantined,” McAdams said in the statement.

On Tuesday, McAdams’ doctor instructed him to get tested for COVID-19.

“Today I learned that I tested positive,” McAdams said.

The congressman urged Utahns to follow health recommendations and said he would continue “pursuing efforts to get Utahns the resources they need.”

“I’m doing my part as all Americans are doing to contain the spread of the virus and mitigate the coronavirus outbreak,” said McAdams.

Connor Richards covers government, the environment and south Utah County for the Daily Herald. He can be reached at and 801-344-2599.

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