WASHINGTON (AP) -- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says he has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.
The Republican is the first member of the U.S. Senate to report testing positive.
Paul, a doctor, said he has not had symptoms and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. Paul said he was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person.
Two House members, Reps. Mario Diaz Balart of Florida of Ben McAdams of Utah, have tested positive.
The Senate was in session Sunday seeking a bipartisan response to the pandemic.
Below is a statement from Rand Paul's Twitter account announcing his diagnosis:
He expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends and will continue to work for the people of Kentucky at this difficult time. Ten days ago, our D.C. office began operating remotely, hence virtually no staff has had contact with Senator Rand Paul.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 22, 2020