Florida Sen. Rick Scott has coronavirus, says symptoms are ‘very mild’

Florida Senator Rick Scott tests positive for COVID-19. On Friday, Florida Senator Rick Scott revealed that he had tested positive for COVID-19. . Although the Republican senator is experiencing “very mild symptoms,” he said he was otherwise “feeling good.” . After several negative tests, I learned I was positive for COVID-19 this AM. I’m feeling good & experiencing very mild symptoms, Rick Scott, via Twitter. Scott went on to say that he would be “working from home” until it was safe for him to return to D.C. He then followed up with a second tweet urging people to “wear a mask” and “socially distance.” . We will beat this together, but we all must be responsible. I want to thank all the incredible health care workers who are working around the clock to care for patients, Rick Scott, via Twitter. The Senator first announced his possible exposure to COVID-19 on November 14. . At the time, Scott said that he had come into contact with someone while traveling who “subsequently tested positive” . After arriving in Florida last night, I came into contact with someone who subsequently tested positive for COVID. , Rick Scott, via Twitter. I was tested this morning and the result was negative. I have no symptoms, but out of an abundance of caution, I will be immediately quarantining, Rick Scott, via Twitter

The Florida senator says he has tested positive for the coronavirus

Sen. Rick Scott of Florida said Friday he had tested positive for the coronavirus and was isolating at home with “very mild symptoms.”

He's the second senator, along with Iowa's Chuck Grassley, and at least the eighth member of Congress to announce a positive test this week.

Scott, 67, has been quarantining at home all week after coming into contact in Florida on Nov. 13 with someone who subsequently tested positive. His office said he had “multiple negative rapid tests earlier in the week" but a test he took Tuesday came back positive Friday morning.

Scott, a Republican, said he was “feeling good” despite the mild symptoms and would be working at his home in Naples. The former Florida governor was recently elected as the chairman of Senate Republicans' campaign arm, leading GOP fundraising and recruiting efforts.

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“I want to remind everyone to be careful and do the right things to protect yourselves and others,” Scott said in a statement. “Wear a mask. Social distance. Quarantine if you come in contact with someone positive like I did. As we approach Thanksgiving, we know this holiday will be different this year. But, listen to public health officials and follow their guidance.”

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., speaks during a campaign rally for Republican candidates for U.S. Senate Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Sen. David Perdue earlier this month in Cumming, Ga. Brynn Anderson/ AP Photo
Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., speaks during a campaign rally for Republican candidates for U.S. Senate Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Sen. David Perdue earlier this month in Cumming, Ga. Brynn Anderson/ AP Photo

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Scott’s announcement came three days after Grassley, the longest-serving Republican senator and third in the line of presidential succession, also said he has tested positive. Grassley, 87, was in the Senate on Monday but is now quarantining in his Virginia home.

The increasing number of cases among members of Congress has raised questions about the safety of the Capitol complex as cases have spiked in most every state and lawmakers are flying back and forth weekly. House members could be regularly tested in the Capitol starting this week, but there is still no testing protocol for senators.

The senators' absences this week also threatened the progress of legislation and other work as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to wrap up business in the remaining weeks of President Donald Trump's term. The absence of the two senators on Tuesday helped Democrats block the nomination of Judy Shelton, Trump's controversial pick for the Federal Reserve.

US Coronavirus Cases Rise in Nearly Half of States.23 states have reported spikes in new cases compared to the previous week, according to Johns Hopkins University.Among the states experiencing record-breaking single-day increases are California and Florida.Officials say that more young people are testing positive in the South, with those under 30 making up the majority of new cases.Some have suggested that the increase is a result of more testing, but health officials say that’s only partly to

Besides Sens. Scott and Grassley, at least six members of the House have announced that they tested positive for the virus in the last week: Republican Reps. Don Young of Alaska, Dan Newhouse of Washington, Doug Lamborn of Colorado and Tim Walberg of Michigan and Democratic Reps. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado and Cheri Bustos of Illinois.

Young, 87, is the longest-serving member of the House. In a statement Monday, he said he had been discharged from the hospital but “I had not felt this sick in a very long time.”

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Besides the current members, a Republican congresswoman-elect who flipped an Iowa seat in this month’s election also said she tested positive. Ashley Hinson, 37, said she would participate in this week’s House orientation virtually as she quarantined with her family in Iowa.

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