Florida Senator Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus

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Republican Senator Rick Scott of Florida announced Friday morning that he has tested positive for COVID-19, joining a slew of U. S. officials who have recently contracted the virus.

"After several negative tests, I learned I was positive this morning," Scott said in a statement. "I am feeling good and experiencing very mild symptoms. I will be working from home in Naples until it is safe for me to return to Washington, D. C."

Scott's team said that multiple rapid tests came back negative, but a more accurate PCR test, administered Tuesday, came back positive Friday morning.

Scott, who is the new chairman of the GOP Senate campaign arm, campaigned last week with Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler ahead of January runoff races in Georgia. At the indoor event, Scott wore a mask but removed it to speak in front of the crowd. Photos showed many people who attended the event were not wearing masks.

Senator Kelly Loeffler takes the stage after Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) delivered a speech during a campaign event for senators David Perdue and Loeffler in Cumming, Georgia, U. S., November 13, 2020. / Credit: DUSTIN CHAMBERS / REUTERS

On Saturday, Scott, 67, announced on Twitter that he came into contact with someone who tested positive for the virus. While he tested negative at the time, the senator said that he would begin quara... (Read more)