Sen. Rick Scott, 67, R-Fla. tests positive for coronavirus - It's not a Death Sentence
U.S. Sen. Rick Scott has tested positive for coronavirus and is experiencing “very mild symptoms,” the Florida Republican announced Friday morning.
Scott’s office believes he contracted the virus last Friday night when he came into contact with someone who later tested positive for COVID-19. After learning about the potential exposure, Scott went into quarantine at his Naples home Saturday morning.
Two rapid tests came back negative for COVID-19 but on Tuesday, Scott was administered a more accurate polymerase chain reaction screening, commonly referred to as a PCR test. That test result came back positive Friday morning.
"I am feeling good and experiencing very mild symptoms," Scott said in a statement. "I want to remind everyone to be careful and do the right things to protect themselves and others. Wear a mask. Social distance. Quarantine if you come in contact with someone positive like I did."
Scott is the seventh senator known to test positive for the coronavirus. In addition to Scott and Grassley, Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have each tested positive.
Other senators, including Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.), have said they have tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, indicating they were previously exposed to the virus.
Scott, who is the new chairman of the GOP Senate campaign arm, campaigned last week with Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler ahead of January runoff races in Georgia.
Scott has missed several key votes while in quarantine, including the successful confirmation of President Donald Trump’s controversial pick to serve in the Tampa division of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 33-year-old attorney Kathryn Kimball Mizelle.