WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTNH) — Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has tested positive for COVID-19. He announced the news in a tweet Sunday afternoon. Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) has gone into self-isolation as a result of Sen. Paul’s diagnosis.
According to Sen. Paul’s twitter post, he is asymptomatic and feeling fine. He is self-quarantining.
He 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 via Twitter
In a statement from Senator Mitt Romney’s spokeswoman, Sen. Romney is now self-isolating after the diagnosis of Sen. Paul because they sit next to each other in the Senate.
Since Senator Romney sat next to Senator Paul for extended periods in recent days and consistent with CDC guidance, the attending physician has ordered him to immediately self-quarantine and not to vote on the Senate floor.– Spokeswoman for Senator Mitt Romney
Sen. Romney has no symptoms but reportedly will be tested for the highly-contagious virus.
“He urges members to pass a relief package as quickly as possible that provides assistance for families, workers, and small businesses,” said his spokeswoman.