February 1, 2023

Senator Ron Johnson becomes third Republican Senator to test positive for coronavirus in just 24 hours

Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Johnson’s office said in a statement on Saturday that he was exposed to an individual on September 29 who has since tested positive for the virus.

“After learning of this exposure, the senator was tested yesterday afternoon. This test came back positive,” his office said. “Senator Johnson feels healthy and is not experiencing symptoms. He will remain isolated until given the all-clear by his doctor.”

He has become the third senator to announce in the past two days that they had contracted the deadly virus.

Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) both said on Friday that they had tested positive for COVID-19.

Senator Johnson is not a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and was not at the White House on Saturday for Trump’s announcement that he was picking Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee.

Senators Lee and Tillis are members of that Committee and were at the White House last Saturday where most of the infections seem to have been spread.

Two senators had tested positive for the virus before the Friday announcements of new infections: Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.), in March and August, respectively.

The Hill noted that “the absence of the four GOP senators caps Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) normal 53-seat majority at 49 senators.”

President Donald Trump announced on Friday morning he and First Lady had tested positive for the coronavirus, joining the more than 7.3 million Americans who had contracted the deadly but. Close to 210,000 Americans have been killed by the virus.

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