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GOP Sen. Rick Scott Has Coronavirus

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Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fl), who just last week was maskless in a crowded restaurant in Georgia while campaigning for Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, announced Friday morning he has tested positive with Covid-19, adding to the number of lawmakers in recent days that have tested positive with the virus.

“After several negative tests, I learned I was positive this morning,” he wrote on Twitter. “I am feeling good and experiencing very mild symptoms. I will be working from home in Naples until it is safe for me to return to Washington, D.C.”

Scott’s office said Friday that the senator had come into contact with someone on the evening of November 13 who later tested positive, after Scott returned home from his trip to Georgia. Scott announced the possible exposure last weekend and that he would isolate while awaiting test results.

“I want to remind everyone to be careful and do the right things to protect yourselves and others,” he said in his statement Friday. “Wear a mask. Social distance. Quarantine if you come in contact with someone positive like I did.”

He added: “As we approach Thanksgiving, we know this holiday will be different this year,” Scott said. “But, listen to public health officials and follow their guidance. We will beat this together, but we all have to be responsible. I want to thank all the incredible health care workers who are working around the clock to care for patients and I pray that by next Thanksgiving, COVID-19 will be a thing of the past.”

Scott is the latest senator to test positive with Covid-19. Sen. Chuck Grassley, who is 87, announced earlier this week he was positive.