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March 22, 2020, 2:13 p.m. EDT

Sen. Rand Paul says he is in quarantine after contracting novel coronavirus

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By Mark DeCambre

Sen. Rand Paul said that he has tested positive for the novel strain of coronavirus, becoming the first U.S. senator to test positive for the illness known as COVID-19, according to reports. On Sunday afternoon, the Kentucky Republican said via Twitter that "he is feeling fine and is in quarantine." The tweet went on to indicate that the lawmaker is so far "asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events." Paul isn't sure from whom he contracted the illness which was first identified in Wuhan, China in December and has now infected more than 318,000 and claimed more than 14,000 lives globally. A separate twitter message said that the senator's office in Washington, D.C., had been working remotely for 10 days prior to his positive test and that "virtually no staff has had contact" with him.

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