“It started with fatigue and a sore throat for me,” he told the Freeman. “I got symptoms and I thought it was best to get a test.”
Allen told the Freeman he had the test last weekend and received results Sunday.
On Saturday, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, tweeted that “given the outbreak in the Senate,” she received a COVID-19 test on Friday and tested negative.
“I am sorry to hear that a number of my colleagues have tested positive for #COVID19, including Senator Johnson,” Baldwin tweeted. “I wish them all a healthy recovery as they quarantine to protect others and get better.”
U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Green Bay, said in an email he wished Johnson a “speedy recovery.”
Gallagher’s spokesman, Jordan Dunn, said Gallagher encourages Wisconsinites to wear masks and follow CDC guidelines. Dunn said the congressman’s office follows restrictions on the number of people allowed inside at any one time, and requires daily temperature checks and mask use when staff members are away from their desks.
“The congressman has not come into close contact with any individual who has had the virus and tested negative as recently as yesterday,” Dunn said in an email.
The news that Johnson and Allen have tested positive comes one day after GOP leaders in the state Legislature filed a motion in support of a lawsuit seeking to strike down a statewide mask order that Evers extended last month.