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2nd Arizona lawmaker reports having COVID19 since session started

By Greg Hahne
Associated Press
Published: Friday, January 14, 2022 - 11:12am
Updated: Friday, January 14, 2022 - 2:07pm
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A second Arizona state representative reports having COVID-19 since the Legislature's annual session began Monday.

Tucson Democrat Daniel Hernandez Jr. said Thursday on Twitter that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

“I’m thankful to be vaccinated and boosted, and am currently asymptomatic and quarantining at home,” Hernandez said.

Earlier Thursday, Rep. Marcelino Quiñonez (D-Phoenix) announced he was infected with COVID-19. He said he was vaccinated and had no symptoms.

Hernandez has served in the Arizona House since 2017 and last year announced his candidacy for Congress.

Some Democratic lawmakers have decried the decision to end remote voting options, especially Rep. Athena Salman who was pregnant when the session started this week. Her due date was Tuesday. 

Quiñonez says he’s vaccinated and wore two masks for indoor and outdoor events. 

Quiñones was appointed last year to represent Legislative District 27 in south Phoenix. He replaced Diego Rodriguez, who stepped down to focus on his campaign for attorney general.