One member tested positive on Friday night, prompting all Caucasus members and staff for a quick Govt-19 test. On Saturday, two more members tested positive with rapid tests.
Texas House Democratic Caucus President Chris Turner said in the statement that his team was following US disease control and prevention guidelines and protocols and was contacting public health professionals in Texas for further guidance.
“This is a sobering reminder that COVID is still with us, and even though vaccines offer tremendous protection, we still need to take the necessary precautions,” he said.
CNN has approached the Texas House Democratic Caucasus on whether members who tested positive were involved in those meetings.
Texas State Representative James Talarigo told CNN’s Jim Acosta on Saturday that he and his colleagues on the Texas delegation knew the trip to Washington would be “a little risky.”
“Because it has a healthy epidemic, many of our members are over 65, but they chose to travel because it’s bigger than a politician. It’s bigger than you or me,” Talariko said in their fight to secure access to the ballot box. “It’s about the American experiment, and it’s about whether future generations will survive.”
The story was updated Saturday with additional details.