Three U.S. senators – King Angus of Maine, Roger Wicker of Mississippi and John Hickenlooper of Colorado – announced on Thursday that they had tested positive for Covid-19 individually
All three have been vaccinated.
Independent of meeting with Democrats, King said he was tested Thursday morning after “starting to feel a slight fire” on Wednesday.
“Even though I’m not feeling well, I feel better than I can do without the vaccine,” King said. “I take this diagnosis very seriously, I quarantine myself at home, and I tell a few people I come in contact with to be tested to limit its further spread.
According to a statement from his office, he arrived just hours after the Republican Spider tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday morning.
Wicker spokesman Phillip Waller said, “Senator Wicker tested positive for the COVID-19 virus this morning after asking for a test immediately due to mild symptoms.” He said. “Senator Wicker has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, is in good health and is being treated by a doctor in Tupelo. He is in solitary confinement and has recently been reported to have had close contact with Senator Wicker.”
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Democrat Hickenlooper announced his diagnosis on Thursday afternoon.
“After experiencing mild symptoms, I tested positive for a new COVID-19 case,” he said.
“I feel better and will continue to be isolated under the direction of the Doctor who attended Congress. I am grateful to the vaccine (and the scientists behind it) for limiting my symptoms and allowing us to work in Colorado.
The Senate adjourned this week for the August recess. The room is scheduled to be returned next month.
The three senators became the last MP to pass a positive test this summer. South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said she tested positive earlier this month and that several members of the U.S. House of Representatives have been infected with the coronavirus since July.
Leaps remain very rare. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says only 8,000 of the 166 million Americans fully vaccinated have serious illness or death.
This news and headline was updated with additional developments on Thursday.
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