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Sen. Rand Paul becomes first US senator to test positive for coronavirus


He is being quarantined

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is the first sitting United States senator to test positive for coronavirus.

Paul's office announced in a statement Sunday that Paul is in quarantine and currently asymptomatic. He was tested due to extensive travel.

The statement said:

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 third sitting member of Congress to contract COVID-19.

Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) and Ben McAdams (D-Utah) announced last week that they had tested positive for COVID-19. Diaz-Balart said Saturday that his fight with the virus has been "pretty bad."

It was not immediately clear if Paul would miss a significant Senate vote on the upcoming coronavirus relief package.

However, according to Axios, there is a bipartisan effort in both chambers of Congress to allow remote voting for the first time in American history in order to prevent further potential spread of the virus.

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