Senator Rick Scott, Republican of Florida, mentioned Friday he had examined constructive for the coronavirus, the most recent distinguished lawmaker to contract the quickly spreading virus that has contaminated a minimum of eight members of Congress over the previous week.
Mr. Scott, 67, mentioned he has been in quarantine at his residence in Naples since final Friday, after he got here into contact with somebody in Florida who later examined constructive for the virus. He mentioned he took a number of speedy assessments earlier within the week that got here again unfavourable, however a P.C.R. take a look at he took Tuesday got here again constructive Friday.
P.C.R.-based assessments are slower, however way more correct than speedy assessments, that are liable to lacking the virus when it’s current at solely low ranges within the physique. It may well additionally take a number of days after an publicity for somebody to show constructive on a coronavirus take a look at, even when they’re already contaminated.
In a press release, Mr. Scott mentioned he was “feeling good” and experiencing solely “very delicate signs.” He mentioned he would work at home till it’s secure to return to Washington. The Senate shouldn’t be anticipated to renew work till the top of the month.
He inspired People to put on masks, hold their distance from others and go into quarantine in the event that they encounter somebody who’s constructive for the virus.
“As we strategy Thanksgiving, we all know this vacation can be totally different this 12 months,” he mentioned. “However, take heed to public well being officers and comply with their steerage. We are going to beat this collectively, however all of us should be accountable.”
Some months in the past, Mr. Scott opposed a masks mandates however argued that everybody ought to select to put on them. Like most lawmakers, he has taken off his masks when talking at a microphone. Previously month, reporters at information conferences have began insisting that lawmakers hold their masks on.
Since Nov. 12, eight members of Congress — together with two senators, Mr. Scott and Chuck Grassley of Iowa — have reported testing constructive for the virus.
Mr. Grassley, 87, a Republican who introduced that he had examined constructive on Tuesday, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that he remained “symptom free & in isolation.”
Members of the Home who examined constructive over the previous week embody six Republicans: Don Younger, 87, of Alaska; Tim Walberg, 69, of Michigan; Dan Newhouse, 65, of Washington; and Doug Lamborn, 66, of Colorado; and two Democrats, Cheri Bustos, 59, of Illinois; Ed Perlmutter, 67, of Colorado.