Rep. Michael McCaul says he's tested positive for COVID-19

Rep. Michael McCaul
File photo/U.S. Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX) speaking at a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Photo credit Michael Brochstein/Sipa USA

WASHINGTON ( -- Rep. Michael McCaul has become the latest member of Congress to test positive for COVID-19, according to a tweet posted Friday afternoon.

McCaul (R-Austin) said in the tweet that he has been fully vaccinated and boosted, and is "recovering each day."

"I tested positive for COVID-19 this week and as a result will be voting by proxy next week for my health and the safety of others," McCaul wrote. "I look forward to returning back to work for the people of TX-10."

The House is scheduled to return from its holiday recess next week, while the Senate returned to Capitol Hill earlier this week.

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The Associated Press reported Monday that Brian Monahan, who serves as Congress' attending physician, reported a seven-day average rate of infection that has grown from less than 1% to more than 13%, with "most" of the cases being breakthrough cases.

Monahan called the surge on Capitol Hill "unprecedented," and urged leaders to move towards a "maximal telework posture" as quickly as possible.