Congressman Mark Pocan in quarantine after contact with mother who tested positive for COVID-19

MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Congressman Mark Pocan is in quarantine after learning his 91-year-old mother tested positive for COVID-19 and was in contact with her. 

The news was reported in a release on Monday, Nov. 16. 

The release says Pocan has been in quarantine since Tuesday, Nov. 9. He tested negative on Friday, Nov. 13, and will test again this week. 

According to the release, Pocan's mother has been asymptomatic and shows no signs of disease so far.

In statement, Pocan urges people in Wisconsin to stay at home when possible and wear a mask when in contact with others.

“Wisconsin has some of the worst numbers in the nation for COVID-19, including a positivity rate in the mid-30%’s,” said Congressman Pocan. “Fortunately, the nursing home staff contacted me immediately after learning of my mother’s positive result and I was able to quarantine without delay. Unfortunately, too many people in Wisconsin don’t get that information in a timely way due to the low number of contract tracers we have hired in Wisconsin. Cases in Wisconsin continue to rise weekly and we need federal and state action to help protect our communities immediately. I urge everyone to stay at home when possible and wear a mask whenever they are in contact with others. Only together can we stop the spread of this deadly pandemic.”
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