FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) — The Republican challenger in California’s 16th Congressional District race was exposed to COVID-19.
Kevin Cookingham, who is challenging Rep. Jim Costa for his seat, announced the exposure on Tuesday — the same day the two were set to face off at a debate.
“It is most unfortunate the debate scheduled for this evening had to be postponed,” Cookingham said. “I feel healthy and am eager for the rescheduled debate.”
He added that he had opened his schedule to accommodate another time to debate Costa.
Costa sent well wishes to Cookingham and his family and then talked about the importance of wearing masks.
“My republican opponent was exposed to COVID19. My prayers are with Kevin and his family. I hope they do not suffer from the virus like so many in our community and across the nation,” Costa said in a statement. “This is one more example of how important it is for all of us to take this situation seriously and please wear a mask, wash your hands and take care of each other.”
Cookingham made it clear in a statement that he has not tested positive for the coronavirus.