DeLissio notified of ‘close contact’ with COVID-19 case

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 2 – On Thursday, Oct. 1, state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio was notified that she was a ‘close contact’ on Sept. 29 to another member who tested positive for COVID-19. A close contact is identified as an individual who was within 6 feet or less for a duration of longer than 10 minutes of a probable or confirmed case.

The exposure happened at the House Health Committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

DeLissio has been directed to self-quarantine for 14 days and her quarantine will end on Oct. 14.  The representative will also arrange to be tested in the next few days and will make those results known to her constituents. The House’s scheduled session on Oct. 1 was canceled due to the disclosure of the member who tested positive. DeLissio returned home to her district that afternoon. The next scheduled session day is Monday, Oct. 19.

“I was surprised when I learned that my colleague and friend Representative Paul Schemel disclosed that he had COVID, and I immediately remembered having sat next to him during the Health Committee meeting,” DeLissio said.

DeLissio further commented that she was not surprised when she got the call identifying her as a close contact and directing her to self-quarantine.

“I will miss being at Farmers’ Markets for the next two weekends, answering questions about mail-in voting, satellite offices and polling locations, and I will endeavor to conduct a few Facebook Live sessions to answer constituent questions directly over the next week or so. My staff continues to do a great job answering the many calls that are coming into the office. I am asymptomatic at this time and look forward to being out in the district as of the 14th. Please wear a mask, social distance as required and wash your hands frequently,” DeLissio said.