Just a day after it was published that he had been exposed to someone with the virus but tested negative, Carbajal said he had developed mild symptoms.
Carbajal, 55, has been quarantined since it was revealed in Washington, he said on Monday.
“The vast majority of my employees have worked remotely and are not at risk. Employees I’ve interacted with have tested negative or are taking a test,” he said in Tuesday’s statement.
“I hope this is a reminder of how easily this virus can spread. I have followed all the precautions including wearing a mask, social distancing and hand washing and unfortunately I was still exposed. It is up to each and every one of us to do so to do.”
Carbajal, who represents an area that includes Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, serves as the vice chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Agriculture.
Other House precautions to limit the spread of the virus include using virtual meeting technology for hearings and some form of remote voting for members who are unwilling or unable to travel. However, there was no solid testing program on Capitol Hill in the past few days, questions have been raised during the GOP outbreak.
This story has been updated with more details and background information.
CNN’s Nicky Robertson and Veronica Stracqualursi contributed to this report.