A western Michigan state lawmaker confirmed Thursday he is recovering from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Rep. Scott VanSingel, R-Grant, told the Free Press he’s starting to feel better and has stayed away from the statehouse while battling the disease that has affected more than 229,000 people in Michigan.

“I have been sick for about 2 weeks and finally feel like I have beat this the past couple days. It is unlike anything I’ve ever had as it would come and go multiple times,” VanSingel said in an email Thursday morning.

“I’ve been very careful about not exposing others and have not been in Lansing since before I was diagnosed.”

On Wednesday, House leadership announced the floor session and committee meetings scheduled for Thursday would be canceled.

“Everyone is pulling for Rep. VanSingel, and we are all glad to hear he is doing well. Hopefully we will see him back at full strength soon. Until then, the House is following all CDC guidelines and following all contact tracing procedures to keep people safe,” House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, said in a statement on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Chatfield spokesman Gideon D’Assandro said there was “nothing immediately time sensitive up for a vote on the floor tomorrow.”

“As far as COVID, the Legislature always leaves the announcement of any personal medical information up to the individual employees. The Legislature does not announce employee test results, beyond any potential contact tracing that would occur,” D’Assandro said on Wednesday.

“If and when an employee reports a positive test, the house has a detailed contact tracing program in place, following all CDC guidelines.”

House Democratic Christine Greig, D-Farmington Hills, questioned Wednesday why House Republicans would cancel session on Thursday.

“With COVID-19 surging across Michigan, it’s perplexing that Republican House Leadership has canceled committees and session for tomorrow. House Democrats and Republicans clearly disagree on whether responding to this pandemic is ‘time sensitive,’” Greig said in an emailed statement.

“Widespread media speculation that the cancellations were prompted by COVID exposure reminds us all once again that House Republican leadership has failed to take the steps necessary to allow the House to continue functioning safely during this pandemic. Imagine how different things would have looked for the Legislature and the people of Michigan if the House had approved, rather than ignored, Democrats’ plan for remote participation at the start of this public health crisis.”

VanSingel is at least the seventh state lawmaker to test positive for the disease or is suspected of having the disease since the start of the pandemic. Most recently, Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, D-Flint, confirmed on Twitter he had COVID-19.

In September, state Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, announced his own diagnosis. State Sen. Tom Barrett — a Charlotte Republican who sponsored a bill to limit the emergency powers Gov. Gretchen Whitmer previously used during the pandemic — tested positive in August. Barrett recovered and returned to legislative work.

In March, Detroit Democrats Rep. Tyrone Carter and Karen Whitsett tested positive. While they would recover, state Rep. Isaac Robinson, D-Detroit, died later that month because of suspected coronavirus complications. The Legislature honored Robinson, who was 44, with a resolution in September.

Earlier this month, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called on the legislature to pass a law mandating mask wearing. Although a state health order already requires mask wearing in most public settings, Whitmer said a law would give the requirement more authority.

Speaker-elect Jason Wentworth, R-Clare, called the request a “press stunt.”