Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., turned into the first U.S. representative to test positive for the coronavirus Sunday and will stay in isolation, his staff declared.
The congressperson went into isolation in Kentucky and was proceeding to work, while staff members in Paul’s Washington, D.C., office have been working remotely for as far back as 10 days, Fox News has learned. A representative for Paul affirmed that the congressperson had been at the Senate rec center Sunday morning before learning of his analysis and leaving for Kentucky; Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas said he saw Paul at the rec center and kept a sheltered separation.
“Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine,” Paul’s staff tweeted Sunday afternoon. “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 an infected person.”
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.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 22, 2020
“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,” a second tweet said. “Ten days ago, our D.C. office began operating remotely, hence virtually no staff has had contact with Senator Rand Paul.”
His group later tweeted: “We need honestly, Senator Paul left the Senate IMMEDIATELY after learning of his analysis. He had zero contact with anybody and went into isolation. Implications, for example, those beneath that he went to the rec center subsequent to learning of his outcomes are simply totally bogus and untrustworthy!”
Sen. Mike Lee said later Sunday, “After discovering that my partner Sen. Paul tried positive for COVID-19, I counseled the going to doctor of the U.S. Congress… He exhorted me that since I have no side effects or other hazard factors, a COVID-19 test was not justified. Be that as it may, given the planning, closeness, and length of my presentation to Sen. Paul, he guided me to self-isolate for 14 days. That implies no voyaging or casting a ballot. Yet, I will keep on ensuring Utah’s voice is heard as we shape the government reaction to the coronavirus through telephone, content, email and whatever different methods are accessible.” A bunch of different congresspersons later said they would likewise self-isolate.
“My companion (consistently there when I’ve required him!), Senator @RandPaul, was simply tried ‘positive’ from the Chinese Virus. That isn’t acceptable! He is solid and will show signs of improvement. Just addressed him and he was in acceptable spirits,” President Trump tweeted Sunday night.
Paul is the principal individual from the Senate known to have been contaminated with coronavirus, yet Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., and Ben McAdams, D-Utah, likewise have tried positive, as have in any event two congressional staff members.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., and a few different individuals from Congress additionally have reported they would self-isolate after they had a conceivable introduction to the infection.