US Representative Ashley Hinson said on Twitter Friday morning that she has tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing mild symptoms.
Hinson, a Republican representing Iowa’s 1st congressional district, said she has been fully vaccinated and given a booster vaccination.
She tweeted that she was starting to have “mild, cold symptoms,” so she took a test that came back positive.
“I am isolating and following CDC guidelines and treating physician’s advice, and currently work remotely in Washington, DC,” she tweeted Friday morning. “My team and I will continue to work around the clock for Iowans and I look forward to getting back to work in person soon.”
Hinson previously tested positive for COVID-19 in November 2020 just after winning a first term in Congress.
The news comes as the Omicron strain of the coronavirus sweeps through Iowa and the country. The Iowa Department of Public Health registered 31,748 new cases of COVID-19 in the past week — just below Iowa’s one-week record of 32,081, set in mid-November 2020.
While Omicron often causes less severe symptoms, the increase in infections has led to more crowds in clinics and hospitals.