U.S. Sen. Rand Paul tests positive for coronavirus

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, his office posted on Twitter.

“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,” according to the statement.

The Kentucky Republican is the first U.S. senator to test positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Paul, 57, an ophthalmologist, was among the many high-profile attendees at a recent fundraiser on March 7. Others who attended the The Speed Art Museum’s “Speed Ball” fundraiser gala– who also tested positive– include philanthropist Christy Brown, Louisville first lady Alexandra Gerassimides and Kentucky Author Forum leader Mary Moss Greenebaum.

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