SACRAMENTO (AP/CBS SF) — A coronavirus outbreak in the California Legislature has indefinitely delayed the state Assembly’s return to work from a scheduled summer recess.
Speaker Anthony Rendon’s office confirmed five people who work in the state Assembly have tested positive for the coronavirus. They include Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, who is believed to have contracted the virus while on the Assembly floor last month.
Assemblywoman Burke tweeted she learned had a “mask to mask” exposure on June 29, and tested positive on July 4.
(1/2) On July 3rd I received a call from the Assembly Human Resources Department that I had a “mask to mask” exposure to COVID-19 on June 26th. I was tested on the morning of July 4th and received my results in the evening that I had tested positive for the coronavirus.
— Autumn Burke (@autumnrburke) July 6, 2020
“Currently, my daughter and I have no symptoms, but will be remaining in quarantine until released by a doctor,” Burke said in a Tweet.
Rendon said Monday the Assembly will stay in recess until further notice. He said the decision is to protect lawmakers, staff and the public.
The Legislature shut down for nearly two months earlier this year during the pandemic.
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