GOP senator to quarantine after coronavirus exposure

GOP senator to quarantine after coronavirus exposure
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Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoOvernight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 COVID-19 long-haulers press Congress for paid family leave Senate confirms Radhika Fox to lead EPA's water office 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 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.) is the only senator known to have tested positive for the coronavirus. 

Sens. 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.) and Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight 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 Senate panel plans July briefing on war authorization repeal Senate panel delays war authorization repeal after GOP push 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.