From NBC News:
Paul tweeted that he “is feeling fine and is in quarantine.”
March 22, 2020, 10:51 AM PDT / Updated March 22, 2020, 1:00 PM PDT
By Allan Smith
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Sunday became the first known senator to test positive for COVID-19.
“Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19,” Paul’s account tweeted. “He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and 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.” …
Paul’s diagnosis has triggered a discussion about whether senators, many of whom are in older age brackets, should go home immediately or self-quarantine, given their likely contact with Paul, who Paul was on the Senate floor extensively over the last week.
That’s created fresh uncertainty about how Congress can finish and pass emergency coronavirus legislation, on which Democrats and Republicans are still struggling to reach a deal.
As I said ten days ago, all legislative bodies need to vote themselves emergency powers to vote remotely, and I’m guessing they should vote to allow subordinate bodies to do the same: e.g., state legislatures should vote now to suspend laws requiring city councils in their state to, say, only legislate face to face in meetings open to the public.
Paul suffered lung damage as a result of having his ribs broken during an altercation with a neighbor in 2017. Last year, he had part of his lungs removed in surgery.
I wish him well.