Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the oldest Republican senator, revealed on Tuesday that he tested positive for COVID-19.
The 87-year-old chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, who spoke on the Senate floor Monday, said on Tuesday he would self-isolate due to contact with an infected person.
“I’ve tested positive for coronavirus. I’ll b following my doctors’ orders/CDC guidelines & continue to quarantine,” Grassley tweeted Tuesday evening.
“I’m feeling good + will keep up on my work for the ppl of Iowa from home. I appreciate everyone’s well wishes + prayers &look fwd to resuming my normal schedule soon.”
The respiratory virus disproportionately claims the lives of elderly people, but no sitting member of Congress has died from the bug that’s infected 11.3 million Americans and killed almost 250,000 so far.
Republicans narrowly control of the Senate, and will have at least 50 seats in January when President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Two Georgia Senate races are unsettled and will have January runoff elections.
Grassley, a senator since 1981 from the swing state, disclosed Tuesday morning that he would self-quarantine after learning he had been exposed to coronavirus.
“I learned today that I’ve been exposed to the coronavirus. I will follow my doctors’ orders and immediately quarantine as I await my test results. I’m feeling well and not currently experiencing any symptoms, but it’s important we all follow public health guidelines to keep each other healthy,” he said in a statement.
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