Congressional candidate keeps going after testing positive for COVID-19

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6th District Congressional candidate Gena Ross speaks with host Barry Birr on the KFEQ Hotline/Photo by Brent Martin

By BRENT MARTIN

St. Joseph Post

A Democrat running for Congress in northern Missouri says
response to the coronavirus pandemic is a top priority of hers, especially
since testing positive for COVID-19.

“I was stricken with COVID in March on the campaign trail and
I believe it was someone’s spit when they were talking to me at a meet and
greet,” Gena Ross tells host Barry Birr on the KFEQ Hotline.

Ross is an assistant professor of Business and American
Government at Kansas City, Kansas Community College and an adjunct professor at
Baker University at Baldwin City, Kansas. Ross won the Democratic nomination to
take on veteran Republican incumbent Sam Graves in the November election.

COVID forced her off the campaign trail and into the hospital,
twice, for a total of 9 days.

Ross says even after being cleared of the virus, she
struggled.

“I couldn’t go out of the house,” Ross says. “I didn’t have enough
strength to go up and down the stairs.”

Ross says her faith helped her through the traumatic
experience.

“I just trusted God,” Ross says. “I prayed a whole lot. My
mother had prayer warriors; people were praying for me all over. I have asthma.
So, that made it even worse for me.”

Ross says her experience taught her how nasty COVID-19 is.

“Corona is wicked. It is demonic. It has no respect of person.
It’s invisible. So, just protect yourself the best that you can.”

Ross says the money from the past aid package has run out with
businesses still hurting and people still suffering in an economy which has yet
to rebound. She says members of Congress don’t feel the economic pain that
citizens do.

“Where’s the liberty for us? What’s in it for us?” Ross asks. “Our
livelihood is at stake and people are arguing over if they’re going to give
another check, if they’re not going to give a check, if they’re going to do
this for us or not going to do, you’re going to give unemployment, you’re not
going to do it. It doesn’t make any sense to me.”

Ross criticizes President Donald Trump, claiming he didn’t
take the virus seriously enough, soon enough. She says a mask mandate early on
could have saved lives. In fact, in campaign literature, Ross is much more
direct, claiming that Trump knew the dangers of COVID, yet left American citizens
to die.