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Sen. Rand Paul becomes first senator to test positive for coronavirus

Sunday March 22, 2020

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has tested positive for the coronavirus, a spokesman said on Sunday, becoming the first senator known to contract the disease.

“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,” Sergio Gor, Paul’s spokesman said.

Gor added that Paul “was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person.”

Paul is the first senator and third lawmaker overall to announce that they had tested positive. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) and Rep. Ben McAdams (D-Utah) said last week they had tested positive.

The announcement from the two House members sparked a wave of decisions by their colleagues to self-quarantine. No senators immediately said they will self-quarantine.

Paul is now expected to miss a vote scheduled for Sunday afternoon related to a massive coronavirus package. Senate Republicans also want to take a final vote on the package on Monday.

Gor said that Paul would “be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends.”

“Ten days ago, our D.C. office began operating remotely, hence virtually no staff has had contact with Senator Paul,” he said.


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