Rand Paul first senator to test positive for coronavirus

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has tested positive for the coronavirus, a spokesman said on Sunday, becoming the first senator known to contract the virus.

“Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. 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,” Sergio Gor, Paul’s spokesman, said.

Gor added that Paul “was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person.”

Paul will miss a vote scheduled for Sunday afternoon related to a massive coronavirus package. Senate Republicans also want to take a final vote on the package on Monday.

Gor said that Paul would “be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends.”