Romney says senators will seek advice on whether to self-quarantine after Rand Paul tests positive for COVID-19

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyMcConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time Additional airlines ban guns on flights to DC ahead of inauguration Ben Shapiro stirs controversy by guest writing Politico newsletter MORE (R-Utah) said Sunday that senators and others who have interacted recently with Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulMcConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time Legislatures boost security after insurrection, FBI warnings Former Missouri senator says backing Hawley was 'worst mistake of my life' MORE (R-Ky.) will seek advice on whether they should self-quarantine after Paul tested positive for coronavirus.

Speaking to reporters, the Utah senator said that he "wish[ed] him the very best," referring to Paul, and added that he and his colleagues were "praying for him."

"All the senators are going to seek medical advice as to what action we should take, to make sure in any way that we don't spread this virus ourselves," Romney added.


"We have to determine whether any of us should self-quarantine," the senator said, after confirming that he and others ate lunch with Paul on Friday.

Paul announced his diagnosis Sunday, explaining that he was "asymptomatic" but would remain in self-quarantine through a statement from his office. He is the first senator to test positive for the disease.

"He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events," Paul's office said.

"He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person. He 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 Paul," the statement continued.

More than 31,000 confirmed cases have been reported in the U.S., while nearly 400 people across the country have died.