Congressman Mark Pocan quarantines after exposure to COVID-19

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MADISON, Wis. — Congressman Mark Pocan has been in quarantine since Tuesday after finding out his mother had tested positive for COVID-19, a release said.

According to the release, Pocan took his 91-year-old mother on a two-hour drive to a nursing home she was moving to Nov. 9. Tuesday he found out she tested positive from a test she took on Nov. 4.

“Wisconsin has some of the worst numbers in the nation for COVID-19, including a positivity rate in the mid-30%’s,” Pocan said. “Fortunately, the nursing home staff contacted me immediately after learning of my mother’s positive result and I was able to quarantine without delay.”

Pocan’s mother has been asymptomatic and did not show signs of COVID-19. He wore a mask in the vehicle when he took her to the nursing home.

Pocan tested negative from a test he took Friday, but will test again at the end of the week.

“Cases in Wisconsin continue to rise weekly and we need federal and state action to help protect our communities immediately,” Pocan said. “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.”