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Rand Paul Becomes First Senator To Contract Coronavirus

On Sunday, it was reported that Sen. Rand Paul has coronavirus, making him the first senator to contract COVID-19.

‘Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19’

The Republican senator’s Twitter announced, “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.”

 

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A subsequent tweet read, “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 Rand Paul.”

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Paul is the Third Member of Congress to Test Positive

While Paul is the first senator to test positive for coronavirus, he is the third member of Congress to do so, along with Democratic Congressman Ben McAdams and Republican Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart.

These cases have raised concerns with members of Congress even further.

Politico reported Sunday, “Many members of the House are privately worried about returning to Washington, not just because it would require hundreds of people to get on airplanes, but because it could expose them to the virus in the sprawling Capitol complex. Several anxious lawmakers of both parties have called for the House to consider voting remotely. though it would be one of the biggest procedural changes to Congress in history.”

“The virus has likely been inside the Capitol for weeks: several staffers in the House and Senate have tested positive, in addition to the three members,” Politico noted. “And many more lawmakers and staffers have been told by the House physician’s office of possible exposure at the Capitol, with each of those individuals asked to “self quarantine” in their homes.”