U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) (3rd L) speaks as Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) (L), Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) (2nd L) and Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) listen during a news conference to launch the Yellow Pages Caucus February 7, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The caucus was formed to try to open up bidding for services performed by the government that can be done by private contractors. | Alex Wong/Getty Images
Updated, 11:06 a.m., 10/15/20 with second test

U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Zeeland) on Wednesday tweeted he had tested positive for COVID-19. On Thursday morning, he said a second test confirmed he had the virus.*

The tweet came the same day he was set to make an appearance with Vice President Mike Pence at a Trump campaign rally in Grand Rapids. 

“While taking part in offsite testing protocols, I took a rapid test that came back positive for COVID-19,” Huizenga wrote on Wednesday. “I am awaiting the results of a PCR test and I am self isolating until I have confirmed results.”

Huizenga confirmed Thursday morning that a second test showed he had COVID-19.

“Quick update: I have received my results from the PCR test confirming that I am positive for COVID-19. I will continue to self-isolate through the duration and serve the people of West Michigan. Thank you to the medical professionals who deal with these cases on a daily basis,” he wrote.*

Huizenga’s announcement also comes just a few days before President Donald Trump is set to hold a rally in Muskegon, which is in Huizenga’s 2nd Congressional District that extends to the Grand Rapids suburbs.

Notably, the president announced he tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 2. Trump’s physician said Monday he has tested negative for COVID-19, but many details about Trump’s illness have not been released.

Huizenga is the first member of Michigan’s congressional delegation to announce a positive coronavirus test. Several members of the Legislature have had COVID-19, including state Rep. Isaac Robinson (D-Detroit), who died of suspected complications in March. 

Huizenga was set to square off with his opponent Bryan Berghoef, a Democrat and pastor, in a Wednesday virtual debate. However, that was canceled after Huizenga’s positive diagnosis.

Bergeof on Twitter said he was “praying for good health” for Huizenga and his family.

“I look forward to a future conversation on the issues with the congressman, if and when his health permits. But until then, the health of Rep. Huizenga, his family, and our entire community is our top concern,” Berghoef wrote on Twitter.