U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes, D-5th District.
Congresswoman Jahana Hayes

Washington – Rep. Jahana Hayes is in quarantine after one of her staffers tested positive for COVID-19.

Hayes said in an announcement Saturday that she had been working in “close contact” with the staffer.

Hayes, however, did not say whether the infected staffer worked in her Capitol Hill office or in her district office in Waterbury. Hayes represents the 5th Congressional District, which covers a large area of northwestern Connecticut.

“After a phased in reopening of my offices, I was notified today that one of my staffers has tested positive for COVID-19. I have been in close contact with the staffer and I have worked in both my CT and D.C. offices over the last week.” said Hayes in a statement. “All of my staff has been notified and directed to quarantine and get tested.”

Hayes said she is asymptomatic and “awaiting an appointment to get tested.”

“I will quarantine until I have the test and receive the results,” she said.

She also said her offices in Washington D.C. and the district will work remotely “until further notice.”

This is the second time Hayes has announced she has quarantined herself because of the pandemic.

The first time was in April when her husband, Milford Hayes, a Waterbury police officer, tested positive for COVID-19 at his workplace.

Ana has written about politics and policy in Washington, D.C.. for Gannett, Thompson Reuters and UPI. She was a special correspondent for the Miami Herald, and a regular contributor to The New York TImes, Advertising Age and several other publications. She has also worked in broadcast journalism, for CNN and several local NPR stations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.

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