U.S. Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) speaks following the Senate GOP leadership election on Capitol Hill in Washington on November 10, 2020.
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Florida Republican Senator Rick Scott said Friday he had tested positive for the coronavirus and was working from home until he could safely return to Washington.
Scott, 67, is the second Republican senator in a week to test positive for Covid-19: Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, 87, announced his own diagnosis three days earlier.
Republicans hold a 53-47 lead in the Senate.
Just a week earlier, Scott had fought for GOP Sens in Georgia. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, both facing runoff elections in January that could determine which party controls the Senate.
During that trip, Scott appeared in a crowded restaurant and spoke without a mask in front of a crowd where the wearing of masks was reportedly minimal.
Scott’s office said that after returning to Florida on November 13, he came into contact with someone who subsequently tested positive.
Despite his recent actions, Scott made two tweets urging Americans “to do the right things” to protect one another from contracting the virus, such as: B. wearing a mask and maintaining a safe social distance.
“After several negative tests, I learned that I was positive for COVID-19 this morning. I feel fine and have very mild symptoms,” tweeted Scott.
“I will work from home until I can safely return to DC. I remind everyone to be careful and do the right things to protect themselves and others.”
“Wear a mask. Social distancing. Quarantine if you come in contact with someone as positive as I am,” added Scott. “We’ll do this together, but we all have to be accountable. I want to thank all of the incredible health care workers who work 24/7 to provide patient care.”
At the house, 87-year-old Republican Don Young of Alaska announced last week that he was being treated for Covid and was working from home. He has just been re-elected into his 25th term.