Sen. Lupe Contreras

Sen. Lupe Contreras announced he and his family tested positive for COVID-19.

State Sen. Lupe Contreras announced April 23 he tested positive for COVID-19. He is recovering at his Avondale home. 

“I’m finally a lot better. Finally able to get out of my room and be around my kids,” Conteras told the West Valley View April 27. 

He said his wife, sister, parents and niece all tested positive.

“We’re all feeling a lot better, thank God,” he said. “It was a scary time period.”

He said the most frightening time was when his 71-year-old mother was hospitalized. But, after five days at Banner Estrella Medical Center, she was released.

“She’s doing awesome,” Contreras said.

“I feel a whole lot better,” he added. “I’m not having the  symptoms I had, shortness of breath, headaches and all that stuff.”

Fellow Legislative District 19 representatives Diego Espinoza and Lorenzo Sierra tweeted a joint statement:

“We stand with our brother and his family. They are in our prayers and we wish them a speedy and full recovery.”

A lifelong Avondale resident, Contreras is running for reelection to the Arizona State Senate to represent District 19, which includes parts of  Avondale, Tolleson and Litchfield Park.