Oregon House cancels floor session due to virus concern


SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon House has canceled its Monday floor session, after another confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported at the Capitol.

The Statesman Journal reports an individual diagnosed with COVID 19 was last in the building on March 16, according to an announcement Sunday.

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek decided on Monday’s House cancellation “out of an abundance of caution,” said Lindsey O’Brien, Kotek’s chief of staff, adding some people are still waiting on test results.

The next House floor session is expected to be Tuesday morning, unless there are additional COVID-19 diagnoses.

Floor sessions were canceled last week as well due to coronavirus concerns.

The Capitol building has been closed to the public since March as part of a COVID-19 safety measure. Only authorized personnel, which includes lawmakers, staff, police and reporters have access to the building.

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