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Nevada Rep. Susie Lee announces positive COVID-19 test, mother passing away in Ohio

Posted at 6:26 PM, Nov 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 23:57:17-05

OHIO (KTNV) — Nevada Rep. Susie Lee announced she has tested positive for COVID-19 after visiting her ailing mother in Ohio.

Rep. Lee said she traveled to Ohio on Monday to visit her mother who had begun to receive in-home hospice care after months of deteriorating health. However, her mother ended up passing away on Tuesday.

“It is difficult for me to write this tonight, but I am heartbroken to share the news that my mother passed away yesterday evening after months of deteriorating health. This has been an extremely difficult couple of days for my family. I’m going to share more in the coming days about my mom and the pivotal role she played in shaping my life and the lives of my siblings."

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Rep. Lee also said she had tested for COVID-19 before arriving in Ohio and again on Wednesday. She says she previously tested negative but then had a positive test result on Wednesday.

“I traveled to Ohio on Monday because my mother had begun to receive in-home hospice care. I took precautions to maintain social distance and wear a mask, and out of an abundance of caution, took a COVID-19 test before arriving in Ohio and again today. While I tested negative as recently as Sunday, I, unfortunately, tested positive today for COVID-19. I am currently asymptomatic and plan to participate in remote memorial services for my mother over the weekend. Starting next week, I will continue my congressional work remotely while isolating until I know it is safe to exit isolation.”

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Earlier on Wednesday, a Clark County judge denied the petition from Republican congressional candidate Dan Rodimer for a re-vote in the race with Rep. Lee after his claims of irregularities in several ballots.

Rep. Lee defeated Rodimer by around 12,000 votes in the 3rd Congressional District race.