- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 22, 2020

Sen. Rand Paul has tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said Sunday.

The senator is feeling fine and in quarantine, spokesman Sergio Gor said.

Mr. Paul isn’t showing symptoms but was tested “out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events.”

“He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person,” Mr. Gor said. “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.”

Mr. Paul attended the Speed Art Museum’s “Speed Ball” in Louisville on March 7. Two attendees at the ball later tested positive for COVID-19, although the senator is not aware of any direct contact with either.

A who’s who of Kentucky officials attended the event, including Gov. Andy Beshear.

Also, one of Mr. Paul’s neighbors attacked him in late 2017, causing a lung injury that required surgery. That put Mr. Paul in a higher risk category for pulmonary issues.

Mr. Paul’s colleagues were alarmed by the positive test, however, and scrutinized his presence on Capitol Hill, including reports the senator went to the gym early Sunday.

“I’ve never commented about a fellow Senator’s choices/actions. Never once,” Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona Democrat, tweeted with a link to a reporter’s tweet about Mr. Paul’s activities. “This, America, is absolutely irresponsible. You cannot be near other people while waiting for coronavirus test results. It endangers others & likely increases the spread of the virus.”

Mr. Paul’s office stressed that he had no known contact with anyone known to be infected and went into isolation once he learned his results.

“We want to be clear, Senator Paul left the Senate IMMEDIATELY upon learning of his diagnosis. He had zero contact with anyone & went into quarantine,” his office tweeted. “Insinuations such as those below that he went to the gym after learning of his results are just completely false & irresponsible!”

Mr. Paul was the only senator to vote against an $8 billion coronavirus bill earlier this month after colleagues rejected his bid to pay for the measure by cutting foreign aid.

Two House members, Reps. Ben McAdams of Utah and Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, have tested positive.

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence received tests but they came back negative.

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