Second senator tests positive for coronavirus

Sen. Bill CassidyBill CassidyWhite House digs in as infrastructure talks stall Portman: Republicans are 'absolutely' committed to bipartisan infrastructure bill Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting MORE (R-La.) said on Thursday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the second senator known to do so.

"I am strictly following the direction of our medical experts and strongly encourage others to do the same," he said in a statement.

Cassidy got a coronavirus test on Thursday after being informed on Wednesday night that he had been exposed to an individual with COVID-19. His office said he was following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines including quarantining for 14 days and notifying individuals he has been in contact with.


In late March, Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulPoll: 58 percent say Fauci should not resign Fauci says he puts 'very little weight in the craziness of condemning me' Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior MORE (R-Ky.) became the first senator to announce that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Several senators have had to quarantine after being exposed to an individual with the disease. Sens. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineCommunion vote puts spotlight on Hispanic Catholics Biden at Sen. John Warner's funeral: He 'gave me confidence' Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs warn against sweeping reform to military justice system | Senate panel plans July briefing on war authorization repeal | National Guard may have 'training issues' if not reimbursed MORE (D-Va.) and Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyMcConnell seeks to divide and conquer Democrats Senate filibuster fight throws Democrats' wish list into limbo Parliamentarian changes Senate calculus for Biden agenda MORE (D-Pa.) have said they have coronavirus antibodies, indicating they were exposed to the virus, though they were not tested for it at the time.

Roughly a dozen House members have also tested positive. The chamber implemented new voting procedures to try to prevent members from crowding on the floor and proxy voting to give more members flexibility with traveling to Washington. 

The Senate left Washington last week and isn't expected to return until Sept. 8. Though most members actually left D.C. around Aug. 7, Cassidy was in the city last week because he presided over the chamber.