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McConnell's Senate challenger calls on him to get tested for COVID-19, release results

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Posted at 5:42 PM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 14:36:07-04

(LEX 18) — Mitch McConnell's Senate challenger, Democrat and retired Marine Lt. Col. Amy McGrath, is calling on the incumbent Kentucky senator to get tested for COVID-19 and release the results of that test.

McGrath is also calling on him to get tested once a week, and release the results of those tests while he continues to have contact with Kentuckians.

McConnell met with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett shortly after her nomination by President Trump. At least seven known coronavirus cases have emerged from the announcement of Judge Barrett's nomination, which took place a few days prior.

"It is irresponsible of McConnell to refuse to tell the public when he's been tested for COVID-19, as he continues to meet with Kentuckians face-to-face and potentially expose them to a deadly virus," said McGrath. "His colleagues in the Senate and the White House have divulged this information, and there is no reason for him not to follow suit."

On Friday, Senator McConnell declined to say the last time he'd been tested for coronavirus but said he had not had close contact with anyone who has recently tested positive for the virus.

'I’m unaware where Amy McGrath went to medical school, but I take my health care advice from my doctor, not my political opponent," McConnell responded in a statement Tuesday. "At the end of the campaign season, it's imperative for all of us to tune out erratic and uninformed campaign rhetoric and make health care decisions for ourselves based on CDC guidance and our health care professionals."

McConnell and McGrath both plan to participate in a debate on October 12.