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Rep. Courtney Returning To Washington After "Relatively Mild" COVID Case

Congressman Joe Courtney
Congressman Joe Courtney

Connecticut Congressman Joe Courtney says he is emerging from quarantine after a “relatively mild” case of COVID-19. The 67-year-old Democrat from the Second District says in  a statement that he has been cleared to return to Washington this week by his doctor.

He announced last week he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

In the statement, Courtney says his experience demonstrates that the pandemic isn’t over, and he called on Congress to pass another COVID relief package before the lame duck session ends.

Here is Courtney's full statement:

“I’ve continued to work remotely while recovering at home in Vernon, and I’m glad to report that my doctor has officially cleared me to end quarantine and to resume work in-person,” said Rep. Courtney. “My team’s work for eastern Connecticut hasn’t slowed down in the past two weeks, and there’s more coming up fast on the horizon. We’re expecting to finalize negotiations this week on the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act; my bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill to protect educational impact aid funding for military schoolchildren is expected to be signed into law; the House is working to complete a spending package containing several important items for our region; and much more. A clean bill of health from my doctor means that I’ll be able to travel to Washington, DC to resume this work in person, and I’m grateful for our medical professionals and for my family who helped me to stay on the path towards a successful recovery.

“My experience with COVID-19 was thankfully a relatively mild one, and my family and I are grateful that was the case. But that has not been the experience of hundreds of thousands of other Americans. As we near the end of 2020, while American families are struggling and hospital beds are filling up, it’s clear that folks need more assistance—our health care workers, our local small businesses and restaurants, working families uncertain about the future, and so many others. It is imperative that Congress and the White House, in the final weeks of the lame duck session, find a way to approve emergency COVID relief which is screaming out for action.

“I want to thank all the staff at UConn Health Center for their care, my wife Audrey and daughter Elizabeth who did so much to keep my isolation secure, and all who reached out with encouragement and well-wishes since my diagnosis. It meant a great deal to my family and me, and it was another strong reminder of the tight-knit community we have here in eastern Connecticut—a community that I am proud to represent every single day.”

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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