WASHINGTON: Republican Senator Rand Paul is the first member of the U.S. Senate who has tested positive for the coronavirus, his office announced Sunday.
“He is feeling fine and is in quarantine,” the Kentucky senator’s Twitter account announced. “He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events.”
According to his office, Paul is asymptomatic and was not aware of making direct contact with an infected person.
Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine.
Republican Senator 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
Paul attended a major black-tie social event in Louisville, Kentucky, two weeks ago where several attendees have subsequently tested positive, including the wife of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.
Utah Sens. Mike Lee and Mitt Romney both announced they’d be self-quarantining after close interactions with Paul.
Surpassing Spain, the US now has the third-highest number of coronavirus cases in the world.
The novel coronavirus epidemic has claimed more than 100 lives in the past 24 hours in the United States, bringing the total to 389 deaths as of Sunday.
According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, as of March 22, the virus has infected at least 30,000 people nationwide.