Coronavirus: Senator Rand Paul, R-Kentucky Tested Positive

Senator Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The diagnosis comes as the Senate prepares to move forward on a massive coronavirus stimulus aid package aimed at alleviating the economic impact of the outbreak.

Several Republican lawmakers announced on Sunday they would self-quarantine as a result of Paul’s diagnosis.

Sergio Gor, Paul’s deputy chief of staff, said the senator “decided to get tested after attending an event where two individuals subsequently tested positive for COVID-19, even though he wasn’t aware of any direct contact with either one of them.”

Paul is in a higher risk category after having part of his lung removed last year after it was damaged in a 2017 assault by his neighbor.