Second senator tests positive for coronavirus

Sen. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyCoushatta tribe begins long road to recovery after Hurricane Laura Senators offer disaster tax relief bill Bottom line 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.

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In late March, Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSecond GOP senator to quarantine after exposure to coronavirus GOP senator to quarantine after coronavirus exposure The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by National Industries for the Blind - Trump seeks to flip 'Rage' narrative; Dems block COVID-19 bill 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 KaineTrump meets with potential Supreme Court pick Amy Coney Barrett at White House Names to watch as Trump picks Ginsburg replacement on Supreme Court Barrett seen as a front-runner for Trump Supreme Court pick MORE (D-Va.) and Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseySecond GOP senator to quarantine after exposure to coronavirus GAO report finds brokers offered false info on coverage for pre-existing conditions Catholic group launches .7M campaign against Biden targeting swing-state voters 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.