PHOENIX (3TV/CBS5) -- An Arizona state senator says he and five of his family members have coronavirus. 

Sen. Lupe Contreras, the assistant minority leader, has confirmed that he and five of his family members have contracted COVID-19. Contreras is a state representative for District 19. He is the first Arizona lawmaker to publicly acknowledge that he has the virus.

Since he tested positive on Monday, Contreras says he is make progress with his condition. However, he still has fears.

"I'm feeling better," said the senator. "I'm not going to lie to you. I'm scared."

Contreras also opened up about what his mother has had to go through so far. "This Friday will be 14 days ago my mother felt really ill and I got a call from my sister who took her to Banner Estrella Hospital because of how ill she was feeling," he said.

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Contreras says none of his children tested positive for COVID-19, but he is keeping a close eye on one who has asthma like him. "She hasn't had fevers, but she's had to use her inhaler a little more," he said about his daughter. "But we've been watching her and making sure through no direct contact, because my niece did test positive."

Contreras has a message for all those who think coronavirus is bogus. "I just want everyone out there that's rallying and thinking that this is fake, my cough is not fake. My fever's not fake. My headaches aren't fake. The reality of what is happening to my family is not fake. It's real," Contreras said.

Lupe Contreras

Lupe Contreras, Assistant minority leader for Arizona Senate democrats

According to his Senate page, Contreras is a Phoenix native and was raised in Cashion, Arizona. He was part of the first graduating class of Westview High School in 1993. He also attended Estrella Mountain Community College and Glendale Community College in pursuit of a degree in criminal justice. The page states that he is married to Sara Violeta Contreras and they have six children and a number of grandchildren.

 

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