Utah Sens. Mike Lee and Mitt Romney have decided to self-quarantine after their colleague, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday.
CNN reported Lee said in a statement on Sunday that he would not be getting tested for COVID-19, but would self-quarantine after consulting a physician.
“Upon learning that my colleague Sen. Paul tested positive for COVID-19, I consulted the Attending Physician of the U.S. Congress Dr. Harding. He advised me that because I have no symptoms or other risk factors, a COVID-19 test was not warranted. However, given the timing, proximity, and duration of my exposure to Sen. Paul, he directed me to self-quarantine for 14 days,” Lee said in a statement on Sunday.
Earlier Sunday, Romney told reporters he had lunch with Sen. Paul on Friday.
Here’s Mitt Romney telling reporters that a group of senators had lunch with Rand Paul on Friday and he’s now seeking advice as to whether he should self-quarantine pic.twitter.com/Y0uuww7rYe
Romney’s office said the Senator would self-quarantine after Paul’s positive test.
“Since Senator Romney sat next to Senator Paul for extended periods in recent days and consistent with CDC guidance, the attending physician has ordered him to immediately self-quarantine and not to vote on the Senate floor. He has no symptoms but will be tested. He urges members to pass a relief package as quickly as possible that provides assistance for families, workers, and small businesses,” said an email statement.
CNN reports Paul was in the Senate gym with colleagues on Sunday morning. He also sat in close-quarters with other members of the senate at lunches in recent days.