A Republican senator from Kentucky received a clean bill of health just weeks after being diagnosed with the deadly Asian disease.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who on March 22 tested positive for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus, confirmed he was more recently tested again and this time the results came back negative.
“I appreciate all the best wishes I have received,” he said on Facebook. “I have been retested and I am negative [for the CCP Virus.]”
Paul decided to make the most of his good health and help relieve medical hardship for patients recovering at a medical center in his local area.
“I have started volunteering at a local hospital to assist those in my community who are in need of medical help, including coronavirus patients,” he said. “Together we will overcome this.”
The remarks came just two weeks after Paul was quarantined without symptoms of the CCP Virus.
“Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19,” a representative said on Facebook. “He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person.”
Even though Paul was in isolation he remained in high spirits and continued to serve people living in his district.
“He expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends and will continue to work for the people of Kentucky at this difficult time,” the representative said. “Ten days ago, our D.C. office began operating remotely, hence virtually no staff has had contact with Senator Rand Paul.”
Paul suspected he could have contracted the CCP Virus while making several trips in the weeks leading up to the Trump administration’s social-distancing measures that include keeping a 6-foot distance from others and staying at home unless it was absolutely necessary to travel for work, shopping household items, attending medical appointments, or performing outdoor exercise.
“Given that my wife and I had traveled extensively during the weeks prior to COVID-19 social-distancing practices, and that I am at a higher risk for serious complications from the virus due to having part of my lung removed seven months ago, I took a COVID-19 test when I arrived in D.C. last Monday,” he said on Facebook. “I felt that it was highly unlikely that I was positive since I have had no symptoms of the illness, nor have I had contact with anyone who has either tested positive for the virus or been sick.”
The senator dismissed earlier criticism about his late decision to enter quarantine.
“If the rules on testing had been followed to a tee, I would never have been tested and would still be walking around the halls of the Capitol,” he said. “The current guidelines would not have called for me to get tested nor quarantined. It was my extra precaution, out of concern for my damaged lung that led me to get tested … the broader the testing and the less finger-pointing we have, the better. America is strong. We are a resilient people but we are stronger when we stand together.