ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — Officials said yet another state legislator’s coronavirus test results have come back positive. The House Communications Office confirmed in a press release Rep. Matthew Gambill has COVID-19. Gambill (R-Cartersville) told CW69 in an email he has been on quarantine since Friday, March 13.
The HCO’s release indicated he was tested on March 16, “after learning he had been exposed to someone who tested positive for the virus” and “did not attend the Special Session on Monday, March 16. He experienced only mild symptoms and remains in isolation at home.”
Gambill included this statement in their release:
“I am doing much better and very fortunate that my symptoms only included fatigue, shortness of breath and loss of taste and smell. The doctor has cleared me as being over the virus at this point but I am continuing to stay home through the end of the legislative quarantine on March 30th. I encourage the citizens of House District 15 and all Georgians to adhere to the request of our Governor and local officials to stay home if at all possible. If you have any additional questions please let me know.”
Gambill is the first known representative of the Georgia House to test positive for the virus. There are five state senators confirmed to also have coronavirus: Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta), Lester Jackson (D-Savannah), Kay Kirkpatrick (R-Marietta), Bruce Thompson (R-White), and Nikema Williams (D-Atlanta).