Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said on Friday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, news that came as the nation was reeling from President Trump’s own coronavirus diagnosis.
Lee, the second senator known to have tested positive for COVID-19, said in a statement he took a coronavirus test on Thursday after experiencing symptoms similar to those he has had for longtime allergies.
“Unlike the test I took just a few days ago while visiting the White House, yesterday’s test came back positive. On advice of the Senate attending physician, I will remain isolated for the next 10 days,” Lee said in a statement.
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) October 2, 2020
Lee, who previously quarantined in March because of Paul’s diagnosis, has been in the Capitol this week. He met with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, on Tuesday, took part in closed-door GOP caucus lunches and was at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s business meeting on Thursday.
His disclosure that he has tested positive will likely add new urgency to the ongoing discussion about setting up routine testing in the Capitol. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a separate statement on Friday that Trump’s diagnosis underscored the need for testing in the Capitol and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) discussed the issue on Friday.
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