Republican Kentucky Senator, Dr. Rand Paul has tested positive for coronavirus, according to a Sunday afternoon announcement.
His office tweeted:
He expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends and will continue to work for the people of Kentucky at this difficult time. Ten days ago, our D.C. office began operating remotely, hence virtually no staff has had contact with Senator Rand Paul.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 22, 2020
Dr. Paul becomes the first senator to test positive for the virus, officially known as COVID-19.
Last week, Florida Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart and Utah Congressman Ben McAdams also announced they had tested positive for the virus.
The Senate is in session Sunday, debating a bipartisan economic response to the pandemic.