The Coronavirus spread officially to the U.S. Senate on Sunday, as the office of Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky said he had tested positive for the virus, becoming the first Senator to be ensnared in the virus outbreak, and drawing fire from some of his colleagues for his social behavior.
"He is feeling fine and is in quarantine," Paul's office said in a statement sent out via Twitter, saying that the veteran GOP Senator had not be showing any symptoms of sickness.
"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 office said.
But GOP Senators quickly said that Paul had been on Capitol Hill as late as Sunday morning, raising alarms among other Senators about whether they could be at risk.
The two Senators from Arizona - one from each party - went on Twitter Sunday to specifically criticize Paul.
“This, America, is absolutely irresponsible. You cannot be near other people while waiting for coronavirus test results,” said Sen. Kirsten Sinema (D-AZ).
“No one is too important to disregard guidance to self-quarantine pending test results,” added Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ).
Paul's office staff - which was manning his Twitter feed - denied that the Kentucky Republican had done anything wrong by being in public while waiting for his test results.
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