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First interview with Congressman Kelly post COVID-19 diagnosis

April 3, 2020 News Extra

In his first interview since his diagnosis, U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-16th, talks about his experience as he recovers in his Butler home.

According to the congressman, he is about seven days along in his recovery and he has at least another week or more to go.

“I'm starting to feel a little bit better,” Kelly said. “It's coming along. It's slow.”

Having tested positive last week, Kelly said he experienced symptoms associated with the coronavirus, including fever, loss of appetite and muscle spasms, among others. He said he did not experience respiratory problems like many others.

“Basically like a more severe flu than I've ever experienced in my lifetime,” Kelly said. “(I'm) just flat out exhausted.”

Kelly said he has been receiving “exceptional care” from the staff at Butler Health System, and credits his doctor for reaching out to him and referring him to the outpatient testing site on Brady Street.

“I was really appreciative of the job they did up there,” Kelly said.

For our full interview with Congressman Kelly, be sure to pick up Sunday's Butler Eagle or subscribe online.