GOP Sen. Ron Johnson, of Wisconsin, announced that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the third Republican senator to announce in the past two days that they had contracted the disease. The announcement comes as President Donald Trump is hospitalized after being announced that he tested positive for the virus.
Johnson’s office said in a statement on Saturday that he was exposed to an individual on Sept. 29 who has since tested positive for the virus.
“After learning of this exposure, the senator was tested yesterday afternoon. This test came back positive,” his office said. “Senator Johnson feels healthy and is not experiencing symptoms. He will remain isolated until given the all-clear by his doctor.”
In addition to Johnson, Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) both said on Friday that they had tested positive for COVID-19.
The uptick in cases in the Senate threatens to derail the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.