Just one day after posting that he’d been exposed to someone with the virus but had tested negative, Carbajal said he began to experience mild symptoms.
Carbajal, 55, had been quarantining in Washington since his exposure, he said Monday.
“The vast majority of my staff has been working remotely and are not at risk. Staff members who I did interact with have been tested and are negative, or are pursuing a test,” he said in Tuesday’s statement.
“I hope this serves as a reminder of how easily this virus can spread. I followed every precaution, including wearing a mask, social distancing, and hand-washing and unfortunately was still exposed. It is incumbent on every single one of us to take careful precautions in order to protect the health and safety of those around us.”
Carbajal, who represents an area that includes Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, serves as the vice chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Agriculture.
The House’s other precautions to limit the spread of the virus include using virtual meeting technology for hearings and a form of remote voting for members who are unwilling or unable to travel, but there has not been a robust testing regimen on Capitol Hill, something that has raised questions in recent days amid the GOP outbreak.
This story has been updated with further details and background information.
CNN’s Nicky Robertson and Veronica Stracqualursi contributed to this report.