Cantwell staffer first known Hill case of coronavirus

By Manuel Quiñones | 03/12/2020 07:19 AM EDT

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.).

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.). Francis Chung/E&E News

An aide for Washington Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell has tested positive for the coronavirus, her office said last night.

Cantwell, following advice from Capitol Hill health workers, closed her office. Staffers are teleworking, a release said.

The staffer did not have contact with Cantwell or other lawmakers, the release said. Cantwell called for testing for those who may be affected.


Washington has been the state with the most coronavirus cases, with more than 300 as of last night.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has rejected talk of suspending congressional business or extending next week’s recess.

Yesterday House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), however, left the door open to calendar changes in response to the virus. Officials are moving to suspend tours of the Capitol.

Reporter Kellie Lunney contributed.