WASHINGTON, D.C. (LEX 18) — Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is the first U.S. Senator to be diagnosed with the virus.
Paul, who has served as a U.S. Senator from Kentucky since 2011, is currently in quarantine and is feeling fine, according to Deputy Chief of Staff Sergio Gor.
"He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to this extensive travel and events," Gor said in an email. "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 Paul."
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.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 22, 2020