WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky has become the first United States senator to test positive for COVID-19.
His Chief of Staff released the following statement.
Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person. He expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends and will continue to work for the people of Kentucky at this difficult time. Ten days ago, our D.C. office began operating remotely, hence virtually no staff has had contact with Senator Paul.-Sergio Gor, Deputy Chief of Staff. Office of Senator Rand Paul
Paul, a doctor, said he has not had symptoms and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. Paul said he was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person.
Two House members, Reps. Mario Diaz Balart of Florida of Ben McAdams of Utah, have tested positive.
The Senate was in session Sunday seeking a bipartisan response to the pandemic.
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