GOP senator to quarantine after coronavirus exposure

GOP senator to quarantine after coronavirus exposure
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Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoPassage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is the first step to heal our democracy Biden's unity effort falters Capito asks White House to allow toxic chemicals rule to proceed MORE (R-W.Va.) said on Tuesday that she will quarantine after being exposed to an individual with the coronavirus.

“I learned recently that I came into contact with an individual who tested positive for coronavirus. While the test result has not come back yet, I will be following CDC recommendations and the advice of the Capitol Attending Physician and will be quarantining for 14 days as a precaution,” Capito said in a statement. 

“I will make the test result public when it is available,” she added.


Capito said in a subsequent statement on Tuesday that she tested negative but would continue to quarantine as a precaution. 

Capito is one of several senators who have had to quarantine since the start of the coronavirus due to being around an individual confirmed to have it. 

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Health Care: 50 million coronavirus vaccines given | Pfizer news | Biden health nominees Rand Paul criticized for questioning of transgender health nominee Haley isolated after Trump fallout MORE (R-Ky.) is the only senator known to have tested positive for the coronavirus. 

Sens. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyRepublicans see Becerra as next target in confirmation wars Senate Democrats call on GAO to review child care access barriers for disabled parents, kids Democrats blast Trump team videos: 'False equivalency'  MORE (D-Pa.) and Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Defense: Biden sends message with Syria airstrike | US intel points to Saudi crown prince in Khashoggi killing | Pentagon launches civilian-led sexual assault commission Biden administration to give Congress full classified briefing on Syria strikes by next week Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence MORE (D-Va.) both disclosed that they had tested positive for antibodies, indicating they had been exposed to the virus. 

Updated at 3:34 p.m.