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- Florida senator and former governor Rick Scott announced on Friday that he was diagnosed with COVID-19.
- Thirty-two members of Congress are or have tested positive for the virus.
Prominent Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida issued a statement on Friday morning announcing that he has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Due to the positive test result, he mentioned that he will be working remotely from his home in Naples, Fla.
"After several negative tests, I learned I was positive this morning," CNN reports. "I am feeling good and experiencing very mild symptoms. I will be working from home in Naples until it is safe for me to return to Washington, D.C."
Scott is the chairman of the Senate Republicans’ campaign arm and announced his running for a leadership position earlier in November. He reportedly campaigned last week with fellow Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue of Georgia.
In light of his diagnosis, Scott emphasized the importance following public health protocols.
"I want to remind everyone to be careful and do the right things to protect yourselves and others," Scott said. "Wear a mask. Social distance. Quarantine if you come in contact with someone positive like I did."
Reuters reports that Scott is the sixth member of Congress to test positive for the coronavirus just last week. Twenty-one Republican and 11 Democrat members have had or are presumed to have had COVID-19 infections this year.
President Trump was also diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this year.
"As we approach Thanksgiving, we know this holiday will be different this year," Scott concluded. "But, listen to public health officials and follow their guidance. We will beat this together, but we all have to be responsible. I want to thank all the incredible health care workers who are working around the clock to care for patients and I pray that by next Thanksgiving, COVID-19 will be a thing of the past."