Senator Rick Scott, Republican of Florida, mentioned Friday he had examined optimistic for the coronavirus, the most recent distinguished lawmaker to contract the quickly spreading virus that has contaminated at the least eight members of Congress over the previous week.
Mr. Scott, 67, mentioned he has been in quarantine at his dwelling in Naples since final Friday, after he got here into contact with somebody in Florida who later examined optimistic for the virus. He mentioned he took a number of fast exams earlier within the week that got here again damaging, however a P.C.R. take a look at he took Tuesday got here again optimistic Friday.
P.C.R.-based exams are slower, however far more correct than fast exams, that are susceptible to lacking the virus when it’s current at solely low ranges within the physique. It might additionally take a number of days after an publicity for somebody to show optimistic on a coronavirus take a look at, even when they’re already contaminated.
In an announcement, Mr. Scott mentioned he was “feeling good” and experiencing solely “very delicate signs.” He mentioned he would make money working from home till it’s protected to return to Washington. The Senate shouldn’t be anticipated to renew work till the top of the month.
He inspired Individuals to put on masks, hold their distance from others and go into quarantine in the event that they encounter somebody who’s optimistic for the virus.
“As we method Thanksgiving, we all know this vacation will likely be totally different this 12 months,” he mentioned. “However, hearken to public well being officers and observe their steering. We are going to beat this collectively, however all of us must be accountable.”
Some months in the past, Mr. Scott opposed a masks mandates however argued that everybody ought to select to put on them. Like most lawmakers, he has taken off his masks when talking at a microphone. Prior to now month, reporters at information conferences have began insisting that lawmakers hold their masks on.
Since Nov. 12, eight members of Congress — together with two senators, Mr. Scott and Chuck Grassley of Iowa — have reported testing optimistic for the virus.
Mr. Grassley, 87, a Republican who introduced that he had examined optimistic on Tuesday, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that he remained “symptom free & in isolation.”
Members of the Home who examined optimistic over the previous week embrace six Republicans: Don Younger, 87, of Alaska; Tim Walberg, 69, of Michigan; Dan Newhouse, 65, of Washington; and Doug Lamborn, 66, of Colorado; and two Democrats, Cheri Bustos, 59, of Illinois; Ed Perlmutter, 67, of Colorado.