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Texas Rep. Ron Wright dies after testing positive for COVID-19 – CNET

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Rep. Ron Wright died Sunday after testing positive for COVID-19 in late January. 

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Rep. Ron Wright, a Republican from Texas, died Sunday, several weeks after saying he tested positive for COVID-19. This is the first instance in which a sitting member of Congress has died after being diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. 

The congressman died on Sunday at the age of 67, according to a statement from Wright’s office. After contracting COVID-19, he had been hospitalized in Dallas for two weeks prior to his death. The statement also noted that Wright had multiple bouts with lung cancer. 

Wright revealed on Jan. 21 that he tested positive for COVID-19. He said that he had come in contact with someone infected with the virus the previous week and that he would be in quarantine. More than 50 members of Congress have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to NPR on Monday.

In 2018, Wright won his congressional race to represent Texas’ 6th district, which includes the city of Arlington and the area south of Dallas. 

So far, 41 million vaccine doses have been administered to Americans, and soon 30 NFL football stadiums could be new vaccination sites. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it’s important for people to continue following guidelines in place to slow the spread of the virus, such as wearing a mask, while experts learn more about the protection the COVID-19 vaccines provide. 

See also: Where to get a COVID-19 vaccine: Target, Walmart, NFL stadiums, Disneyland and more

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