Senators Romney and Lee to self-quarantine after Rand Paul tests positive

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Republican Sens. Mitt Romney and Mike Lee of Utah both announced on Sunday that they will self-quarantine following news that GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky tested positive for coronavirus.

Neither senator is showing symptoms. Lee has not been tested, but Romney’s office said the junior senator would be.

“Upon learning that my colleague Sen. Paul tested positive for COVID-19, I consulted the Attending Physician of the U.S. Congress Dr. Harding. He advised me that because I have no symptoms or other risk factors, a COVID-19 test was not warranted. However, given the timing, proximity, and duration of my exposure to Sen. Paul, he directed me to self-quarantine for 14 days,” Lee said in a statement on Sunday.

Not long after, Romney’s office released a statement saying, “Since Senator Romney sat next to Senator Paul for extended periods in recent days and consistent with CDC guidance, the attending physician has ordered him to immediately self-quarantine and not to vote on the Senate floor.”

The news of Paul’s diagnosis was announced earlier Sunday. Two members of the US House of Representatives — GOP Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida and Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams of Utah — tested positive last week.

As lawmakers on Capitol Hill grapple with how to contain the spread of coronavirus across the United States, at least 31 members of Congress have announced steps to self-quarantine or otherwise isolate themselves as a precaution after either coming into direct contact or potentially coming into contact with an infected individual.

In addition, Republican Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, President Donald Trump’s incoming White House chief of staff, announced on Monday that he was working at the White House as he transitions into the new role after a period of self-quarantine.

Here are the rest of the impacted lawmakers:

Ted Cruz

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas announced on March 17 that he had completed a period of self-quarantine. Cruz told reporters that he felt “great” and “strong” on his first day back at the Capitol.

On March 8, Cruz said he would “remain at my home in Texas” after contact with an individual at the Conservative Political Action Conference who tested positive. Cruz said on March 13 that he would extend the self-quarantine after “a second interaction” with an individual who tested positive.

Matt Gaetz

Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz announced on March 10 that his coronavirus test results came back negative.

On March 9, he announced hat he came into contact with an individual at CPAC who had tested positive and would self-quarantine.

Doug Collins

Republican Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia announced on March 9 that he would self-quarantine after CPAC organizers found of photo him and the conference attendee who tested positive.

Paul Gosar

Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona put out a statement on March 8 saying that he was similarly notified that during CPAC he was in contact with an individual who had tested positive and “remain at my home in Arizona until the conclusion of the 14-day period following my interaction with this individual.”

Julia Brownley

Democratic Rep. Julia Brownley of California put out a statement on March 9 saying that she met with an infected individual and as a result she and her staff would work remotely.

On March 18, the congresswoman said that neither she or her staff have shown any symptoms but would continue to telework.

Don Beyer

Democratic Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia said in a statement on March 10 that he will self-quarantine after having dinner with an individual who later tested positive for coronavirus.

Rick Scott

Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott announced on March 12 that he would self-quarantine after potentially coming into contact with a member of the Brazilian delegation who tested positive for coronavirus.

Lindsey Graham

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham announced on March 15 that he tested negative for coronavirus.

Graham’s office released a statement on March 12 saying that he would self-quarantine as a precutionary measure because he “was at Mar-a-Lago last weekend. He has no recollection of direct contact with the President of Brazil, who is awaiting results of a coronavirus test, or his spokesman who tested positive.”

John Yarmuth

Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky announced on March 16 that he tested negative for coronavirus after self-quarantining following an interaction with someone who later tested positive.

Ben Ray Luján

Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, a member of House Democratic leadership, said on March 16 that he will self-quarantine after an interaction with an infected individual.

Gwen Moore

Democratic Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin announced on March 16 that she came into contact with an individual who tested positive and would self-quarantine.

Cory Gardner

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner’s office announced on March 17 that the GOP senator decided to self-quarantine after coming into contact with a Colorado constituent who was visiting Washington, DC, and later tested positive for the coronavirus.

Jason Crow

Democratic Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado, a freshman whose national profile was elevated during the Senate impeachment trial when he served as a House impeachment manager, announced on March 17 that he would self-quarantine after coming into contact with “a constituent on March 11 who later tested positive for coronavirus.”

Matt Cartwright

Democratic Rep. Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania announced on March 18 that he would self-quarantine after interacting with “a family friend” who later tested positive for coronavirus.

Drew Ferguson

Republican Rep. Drew Ferguson of Georgia said March 18 on Twitter that he was going into self-quarantine after being in contact with a member of Congress who has tested positive for coronavirus.

“Today, the Attending Physician of the United States Congress informed me that I was in contact with a member of Congress on March 13th that has since tested positive for COVID-19,” Ferguson tweeted.

Steve Scalise

Republican Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana said in a statement on March 18 that he was going into self-quarantine after he held an “extended meeting” with Diaz-Balart, who has tested positive for coronavirus.

Ann Wagner

Republican Rep. Ann Wagner of Missouri said in a statement March 18 that she was going into self-quarantine after participating “in a small group meeting” with a member of Congress who has tested positive for coronavirus.

“After discussions with the Attending Physician of the United States Congress, and out of an abundance of caution, I will be self-quarantining,” she said.

Stephanie Murphy

Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Florida said March 18 on Twitter that she was going into self-quarantine after having “contact with a fellow Member of Congress who has tested positive for COVID-19.”

Kathleen Rice

Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice of New York said on March 18 that she was heading into self-quarantine after learning “someone I was in contact with last Friday has tested positive” for coronavirus.

Kendra Horn

Democratic Rep. Kendra Horn of Oklahoma said on March 19 that she was “going into a precautionary two-week self-quarantine” after having contact with McAdams who tested positive for the virus earlier in the week.

Anthony Brindisi

Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi of New York announced on March 19 that he will telework from his home due to prior contact with congressman McAdams, who tested positive.

Joe Cunningham

Democratic Rep. Joe Cunningham of South Carolina said on March 19 that he would self-quarantine after contact with a member of Congress who tested positive.

Tom Cole

Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma announced on March 19 that he would self-quarantine following the news that Diaz-Balart tested positive, saying that he was “around him for an extended period last week.”

David Schweikert

Republican Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona said on March 15 that he would be working from home “until otherwise told by doctors” after learning that “a member of our DC team” with whom he interacted tested positive.

David Price

Democratic Rep. David Price of North Carolina announced on March 19 that he would self-quarantine after learning that one of his colleagues “with whom I work closely” tested positive.

Adam Schiff

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, a Californian and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, announced on March 15 that he would be “taking additional distancing precautions, including postponing meetings and teleworking” after learning that a former staffer tested positive.

Sharice Davids

Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids of Kansas said on March 19 that she would self-quarantine after she had contact with a “fellow member of Congress who recently tested positive for COVID-19.”

Andy Kim

Democratic Rep. Andy Kim of New Jersey announced on March 19 that he will self-quarantine due to “direct contact” with another member of Congress who tested positive.

Vicente Gonzalez

Democratic Rep. Vicente Gonzalez of Texas announced on March 19 that the week prior he had been “in close contact with a colleague” who has since tested positive. As a result, he said, “I have decided to voluntarily self-quarantine.”

Mike Lee

Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah announced on March 22 that he will self-quarantine following the news that Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has tested positive for coronavirus.

“Upon learning that my colleague Sen. Paul tested positive for COVID-19, I consulted the Attending Physician of the U.S. Congress Dr. Harding. He advised me that because I have no symptoms or other risk factors, a COVID-19 test was not warranted. However, given the timing, proximity, and duration of my exposure to Sen. Paul, he directed me to self-quarantine for 14 days,” Lee said in a statement.

He added, “That means no traveling or voting. But I will continue to make sure Utah’s voice is heard as we shape the federal response to the Coronavirus through phone, text, email and whatever other means are available.”

Mitt Romney

Senator Romney’s office put out a statement on Sunday announcing that he would also self-quarantine following the news of Paul’s diagnosis.

“Since Senator Romney sat next to Senator Paul for extended periods in recent days and consistent with CDC guidance, the attending physican has ordered him to immediately self-quarantine and not to vote on the Senate floor. He has no symptoms, but will be tested,” the statement said.

This story has been updated with additional developments Sunday.

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