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Rep. David Trone of Maryland says he tested positive for coronavirus

Rep. David Trone (D-Md.) attends an event in Frederick County in February 2020. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)
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Rep. David Trone (D-Md.) announced Saturday evening that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Trone said he has received a booster and is experiencing “only minor symptoms.”

He said he will isolate at home and vote by proxy this week. He joins another congressman from Maryland, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D), in the ranks of lawmakers who have recently tested positive as the omicron variant sweeps through the country. Ruppersberger announced he had tested positive on Jan. 11.

Ruppersberger had selected Trone to vote as his proxy. It was unclear Sunday who will vote for both lawmakers. In response to the pandemic, the House of Representatives changed its rules in 2020 to allow voting by proxy.

Trone represents Maryland’s 6th District, which includes much of Montgomery County and western parts of the state. Ruppersberger represents the 2nd District, which includes parts of Baltimore City as well as Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Harford and Howard counties.