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Sen. Rand Paul tests positive for COVID-19
Politics Mar 22, 2020 2:38 PM EDT
WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is the first U.S. senator
to test positive for COVID-19, the infection caused by the coronavirus.
That’s according to a tweet from the senator, who is a top ally of President
The senator is “feeling fine,” the tweet said. He is “asymptomatic,” and in
He was not aware “of any direct contact with any infected person,” the tweet said.
"Mr. Paul had been informed last weekend that he had attended a
fund-raiser in Kentucky with two individuals who later tested positive
for Covid-19, a warning that sent a handful of other prominent elected
officials into self-quarantine out of caution.
"Not Mr. Paul.
"He pressed on with his Washington schedule anyway. On Wednesday
afternoon, he spoke and voted on the Senate floor. He dined at the
Republicans' closed luncheon on Thursday and on Friday, sitting with
fellow senators. And after being informed of the diagnosis on Sunday,
Senator Jerry Moran, Republican of Kansas, rose to tell fellow
Republicans at lunch that he had seen Mr. Paul that morning at the
senators-only gym, according to two people who heard him and Mr.
"'I've never commented about a fellow Senator's choices/actions. Never
once,' Senator Kyrsten Sinema, Democrat of Arizona, who is known to
frequent the senators-only pool, wrote on Twitter. 'This, America, is
absolutely irresponsible. You cannot be near other people while waiting
for coronavirus test results. It endangers others & likely increases
the spread of the virus.' (A spokesman for Ms. Sinema said she had been
practicing social distancing and had not been to the pool in two