6th Arizona state legislator tests positive for COVID-19

State Rep. Andres Cano (Photo Courtesy: Arizona State Legislature)

Another state legislator in Arizona has tested positive for COVID-19.

On the evening of Nov. 25, State Rep. Andres Cano announced he has tested positive for COVID-19, via his social media pages. He said he is not symptomatic, and is in isolation.

"Since the pandemic began, Cano has tested weekly out of an abundance of caution, which is how he discovered his diagnosis," read a portion of the statement.

State Rep. Cano, a Democrat, represents the 3rd Legislative District, which covers a portion of Tucson and parts of Pima County outside of Tucson.

“COVID-19 cases are spiking throughout our Nation, and nobody is immune — even when precautions are taken,” said Cano, who was reelected earlier this month. “We are in this together and we can protect each other. I urge my fellow Arizonans to take care of their loved ones by avoiding large gatherings and wearing a mask at all times.”

State Rep. Cano is the 6th state legislator known to have contracted COVID-19. On Nov. 20, the Associated Press reported that State Rep. Arlando Teller announced a day prior that he tested positive for the virus.

Besides State Reps. Cano and Teller, State Reps. JoAnne Osborne, Lorenzo Sierra, Raquel Teran, and State Sen. Lupe Contreras are also known to have contracted the virus.

State Rep. Teran became ill in October, while State Rep. Osborne and State Sen. Contreras revealed their infections earlier in the year. The most serious case involved State Rep. Sierra, who spent several days on a ventilator after becoming ill in October. He has now recovered.

More than 190 state lawmakers nationwide have tested positive for the disease and four have died, according to a tally by The Associated Press.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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COVID-19 resources

CDC Website for COVID-19


https://espanol.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html (In Spanish/En Español)

AZDHS Website for COVID-19


https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/es/covid-19/index.php#novel-coronavirus-home (In Spanish/En Español)