An Ohio state House representative continued with in-person meetings after he was exposed to COVID-19 and tested positive ― and now four other state lawmakers who attended a hearing with him also have the virus. 

Although the precise source of the four other lawmakers’ infections is not known for sure, the outbreak adds to a rash of cases in state legislatures where efforts to require mask use and distancing among GOP members.

Ohio state Rep. Stephen Hambley, a Republican, spent around an hour and a half on Nov. 17 in close contact with an aide who tested positive two days later, he , a local newspaper. 

On Nov. 19, Hambley told a state House committee that the aide had

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