BISMARCK — North Dakota Rep. Kelly Armstrong has contracted COVID-19, the congressman announced via Twitter on Sunday, Sept. 26.

Armstrong, who stated he had received the COVID-19 vaccine in January, said he opted to get tested for the virus after experiencing mild symptoms.

Armstrong reported that he is in North Dakota and "taking all precautions" to recover. He said his doctor advised him to quarantine for 10 days.

Because he is stuck in North Dakota, Armstrong said he plans to vote by proxy, saying upcoming votes "are simply too important to miss."

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Armstrong concluded by thanking his family, staff, health care providers and colleagues in Congress for their assistance during his illness.

To date, 129,472 COVID-19 cases have been reported in North Dakota, while 1,604 North Dakotans have died from the illness. 54.8% of North Dakotans have received at least one dose of the vaccine.