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The senator is fourth in the Oregon delegation to report infection, and says his symptoms are mild.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley has announced he has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The Democrat is the fourth in Oregon's congressional delegation who has tested positive. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden made a similar announcement on April 26, and Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Peter DeFazio did so earlier in April.

Merkley's statement on Monday, May 23:

"Today, after having a close contact, I took a COVID test that came back positive. I'm experiencing mild symptoms so far — I know that can change — and attribute that to being vaccinated and boosted.

"I strongly encourage all Oregonians and Americans to take advantage of available vaccines and boosters to stay safe. This is yet another reminder that COVID is still among us. As Americans make plans before the holiday weekend, I encourage everyone to take steps to make sure the virus is not an uninvited guest."

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