US Rep. Pressley exhibits symptoms, tested for COVID-19

US Rep. Pressley exhibits symptoms, tested for COVID-19
Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley celebrates victory over U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano, D-Mass., in the 7th Congressional House Democratic primary, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BOSTON (AP) — A second member of the Massachusetts congressional delegation has experienced symptoms of COVID-19.

U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley sought professional medical treatment after experiencing flu-like symptoms and has been tested for the disease caused by the coronavirus, according to a statement late Wednesday from her spokesperson, Lina Francis.

The Democrat is awaiting test results, the statement said. No other information was released.

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U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton said Wednesday he decided to self-quarantine after experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Moulton, a Democrat and former presidential hopeful, sought medical advice and was told that because the symptoms were minor and a test would not change his treatment, he did not qualify for a test.

The number of people in Massachusetts who have died from COVID-19 reached 15 on Wednesday. Public health officials said the number of residents who have so far tested positive for the disease jumped to more than 1,800. Nearly 19,800 have been tested and 103 have been hospitalized.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.