Moses Lake State Rep. Tom Dent confirms COVID-19 diagnosis

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13th District Rep. Tom Dent on the floor of the Washington House of Representatives, Jan. 27, 2020.

YAKIMA — 13th District State Rep. Tom Dent says he’s been living with COVID-19 for more than two weeks.

The Moses Lake Republican told Yakima radio station NewsTalk-KIT on Monday that he was on day 15 since his diagnosis. Dent said he’s had the full range of coronavirus symptoms.

The worst part of the illness, Dent told his radio hosts between bouts of coughing, was “muscle pain and the fever, and the total lack of energy. … I just don’t have the energy to really do much.”

Last week, Dent canceled appearances on virtual campaign forums in Ellensburg and Moses Lake due to his illness. He’s now campaigning for re-election against Democratic challenger Eduardo Castaneda-Diaz of Quincy, who says Dent may have endangered the public by carrying on public appearances earlier this month.

Dent’s campaign and his legislative spokesperson did not reply to emails Friday from NCWLIFE seeking comment.

In spring 2019 Dent suffered dizziness on the floor of the House and was briefly hospitalized. He later said he’d experienced dehydration and lingering effects of walking pneumonia, but that tests had shown his heart was in good condition.

Dent previously opposed steps taken by Gov. Jay Inslee to combat the virus, including a mandate that agricultural growers create larger living areas for visiting orchard workers.