FRESNO (KMJ) In an hour-long exclusive interview with KMJ’s Ray Appleton, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) revealed that he tested positive for antibodies while donating plasma on Friday.
Many national news outlets jumped the gun and reported Nunes had tested positive for COVID-19. That is wrong.
While the South Valley Congressman said he felt a bit ill in October, he did not test positive for the deadly virus. But out of an abundance of caution, he did self-quarantine for a few days.
“I just spent the last several hours giving blood plasma…I actually tested positive for the COVID antibodies. When that happened, the doctor said you need to give plasma right away so I wanted to make sure we kept it here in the valley. And I’ll tell you I was a little alarmed,” he told Appleton during a combo interview with newly re-elected Congressman David Valadao (R-CA).
Nunes continued, “For those of you listening, they’re out of blood plasma for COVID patients. This is really important because when someone gets super sick and they go into the hospital the plasma can be really effective to help save someone’s life.”
“I’m standing. I’m alive!,” Nunes concluded.
Rep. Valadao said he has tested negative.
“I guess I had it, but I don’t really know”, Rep. Nunes went on to say.