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Congressman Mike Bost opens up about recovery from COVID-19

Rep. Mike Bost discusses Illinois' reopening plans, COVID-19 issues in his district via a Zoom interview. (Source: GrayDC)
Rep. Mike Bost discusses Illinois' reopening plans, COVID-19 issues in his district via a Zoom interview. (Source: GrayDC)(GRAYDC)
Published: Oct. 9, 2020 at 10:42 AM EDT
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UPDATED TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2020:

On Tuesday, Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.) revealed that he and his wife, Tracy, are taking steroids as they battle the virus from quarantine. Bost says his wife is not doing well but he hopes she can recover in the coming days.

Bost says his contacts were all notified as soon as they found out about the diagnosis. All of his office and campaign events are virtual until they have the clearance to resume their normal duties outside.

You can watch the interview below to hear more about his recovery:

Bost took to social media to thank well-wishers for their thoughts and prayers:

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ORIGINAL STORY:

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.) announced Friday morning that he tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement, the Southern Illinois Congressman revealed that he received the results of his test on Thursday evening after experiencing symptoms.

His office released the following statement:

"I learned last night that I have tested positive for COVID-19. Despite taking my temperature regularly and having no evidence of a fever, I experienced a mild cough and a rapid loss of both taste and smell and recognized it was important to get tested immediately.

"My staff and I have consulted with Congress' Office of the Attending Physician for additional guidance and any staff I’ve been in close contact with will quarantine until receiving their own test results. We are also beginning the process of reaching out to any constituents I’ve met with in recent days.

“I am postponing my public event schedule but will continue conducting virtual meetings as I isolate at home. We are taking this situation seriously and will continue to serve the people of Southern Illinois while doing our best to ensure their health and safety. I will provide additional updates in the days ahead and am anxious to get back to work as soon as I make a full recovery.”

Bost, who has been in Congress since 2015, is running against Democrat Ray Lenzi. In the final weeks of the campaign season, the two are facing off in Illinois' 12th congressional district. Lenzi’s campaign released the following statement reacting to Bost’s COVID-19 diagnosis:

“Our opponent, Mike Bost, has been diagnosed with COVID-19. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope his family stays safe while he deals with his symptoms. Mike Bost is in our thoughts today. This is a reminder that in order to beat this pandemic, we need to come together and work toward solutions and keep our people informed and safe. This virus is not a Chinese Hoax. It’s very real and very dangerous. Please stay safe everyone.”

At least 22 members of Congress have publicly shared that they were infected with the virus, or presumed positive, since the pandemic hit the US.

Bost’s diagnosis comes as several fellow Republican lawmakers recover from the virus or quarantine from possible exposure. Republican Senators Thom Tillis (N.C.), Ron Johnson (Wis.) and Mike Lee (Utah) are all recuperating as well.

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