Sen. Rand Paul tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 1:06 PM, Mar 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-22 14:14:48-04

U.S. Senator for Kentucky Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19.

Paul's Deputy Chief of Staff Sergio Gor made the announcement in an email as well as on social media.

"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. 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."

Paul is the first U.S. Senator to test positive for the new coronavirus.