Rep. Bill Huizenga: Rapid test ‘came back positive for COVID-19’

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga says he’s tested positive for COVID-19.

The Republican congressman, who represents Michigan’s Second Congressional District, tweeted Wednesday afternoon he was “taking part in offsite testing protocols” before he was to appear with Vice President Mike Pence at a rally near Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

During that testing, Huizenga’s rapid test for the coronavirus came back positive. The congressman said he is self-isolating while waiting for additional test results to come back.

In a virtual interview with News 8 on Wednesday afternoon, Huizenga said he’s feeling fine — and the test results were a surprise.

“I was not expecting this or anticipating this. We’ve been judicious in the events that I’ve been doing and trying to be properly distanced in social circumstances and situations. It is campaign season. We’ve been out doing what we possibly can. We’ve been contacting some of the folks — including staff — that I’ve been in close proximity with,” he said.

The congressman said everyone knows someone who has dealt with coronavirus, which underscores why the issue needs to be tackled head-on.

“Unfortunately, we haven’t dealt with some of those issues in Washington D.C. It doesn’t look like I’ll be needing to go back to Washington for that anytime soon because Speaker Pelosi seems to have made the political decision that it’s more advantageous as a political wedge issue,” Huizenga said. “But this is real life with people and it’s not fair to them when this issue gets turned into a political football.”

Huizenga is currently serving his fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Michigan’s Second Congressional District covers a portion of West Michigan, including Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana and Ottawa counties, as well as portions of Allegan County and Kent County.