First Senator Tests Positive

First Senator Tests Positive

( – COVID-19 is rapidly spreading across the US. As of March 23, more than 43,000 people have tested positive, including over 500 deaths. Now, the deadly illness has made its way to the halls of Congress.

Senator From Kentucky

Over the weekend, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) announced he tested positive for the coronavirus.

President Donald Trump wished Sen. Paul a speedy recovery on Sunday.

CNN reported the senator may have caught the virus at a black-tie event in Kentucky two weeks ago. Multiple people tested positive for COVID-19 afterward including Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s wife.

Utah Senators Mitt Romney and Mike Lee are self-quarantining now after having met with Sen. Paul at a luncheon last Friday. CNN also reported Paul visited the gym and swimming pool on Sunday before he learned of his positive test results. The senator released a statement defending himself, saying he was only tested as an “extra precaution”

Representative Hospitalized

The House has been hit too. Representative Ben McAdams (D-UT) announced he was positive for COVID-19 last week.

On March 20, the congressman suffered “severe shortness of breath” and was admitted to the hospital. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, the lawmaker said he was put on oxygen after being admitted because he “struggled to maintain” appropriate oxygen levels.

As of Monday, the Tribune reported McAdams was off oxygen and “feeling relatively better.”

Florida Congressman Tests Positive

Rep. McAdams isn’t the only House member with the virus. Last week, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) also announced he had the coronavirus. The congressman said it hit him “like a ton of bricks.”

Diaz-Balart’s wife has a preexisting condition so he chose to self-quarantine in Washington DC. On March 18, he told the public that he was feeling better but asked everyone to take the illness seriously.

Spring breakers flocked to Rep. Diaz-Balart’s home state last week, leaving many people fearful the virus would spread like fire through Florida.

Take Precautions

Every American can help slow the spread of the virus by simply following the CDC guidelines for social distancing and personal hygiene.

There’s no way to stop the coronavirus now. The best we can hope for is that the hospitals are not overwhelmed. Take precautions and keep yourselves safe.

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