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First U.S. Senator Tests Positive for Coronavirus


March 23, 2020 - U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus and has been quarantined.

According to his Twitter feed, Paul does not have symptoms but was "tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events." Paul did not say where he was tested or how he obtained a test considering he was not yet showing symptoms.

Paul says he is not aware that he had any direct contact with an infected person.

Paul's diagnosis has caused U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-UT, to also self-quarantine.

"Since Sen. Romney sat next to Sen. Paul for extended periods in recent days and consistent with CDC guidelines, the attending physician has ordered him to immediately self-quarantine and not to vote on the Senate floor. He has no symptoms but will be tested," according to a statement posted on Romney's Twitter account.

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