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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Sunday became the first United States senator to test positive for the Wuhan virus, commonly known as coronavirus.
A tweet sent from the Kentucky senator’s official account verified Paul had tested positive for COVID-19.
“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,” the tweet read.
“[Paul] 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,” the tweet read.
Paul is the first senator to test positive for coronavirus, however, two U.S. representatives have also tested positive for the virus. Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., and Ben McAdams, D-Utah, announced they had tested positive on March 18.
Prior to his political career, Paul was a physician who specialized in cataract and glaucoma surgeries, LASIK procedures, and corneal transplants.