Former Lehigh Valley Congressmen Charlie Dent tested positive for COVID-19

Written by on April 7, 2020

Former Lehigh Valley Congressmen Charlie Dent tested positive for COVID-19

By Chloe Nouvelle

April 7, 2020

FILE – In this March 23, 2017, file photo, Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Dent, leader of an influential caucus of GOP moderates in the House, announced he will not seek re-election to an eighth House term next year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Former Lehigh Valley Congressman Charlie Dent has tested positive for COVID-19. Dent shared the news Monday evening in a Facebook post

Speaking with Lehigh Valley Public Media, Dent says his first symptom was a slight cough that appeared about two weeks ago.

“I had some chills and some sweats you know, like sweating but never had a fever. And but the one persistent symptom that I’ve experienced has been fatigue,” says Dent. 

Dent says he was tested for the virus last week at the Lehigh Valley Health Network testing site in Whitehall – and got the results on Saturday. He says he’s not sure how he might have contracted the illness.

“I spent time between you know, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Allentown. Getting to New York once in a while I’ve been in New York lately. And I’ve ridden the metro in Washington, could have picked it up there. Although I think I felt I’ve been pretty careful,” he says.

Dent says getting sick has made the idea of asymptomatic people spreading the virus real for him. He’s advocating for a national stay-at-home order until the crisis is resolved. 

Dent’s wife Pam has also shown symptoms of COVID-19. The couple and their three adult children are all staying put at home. 


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