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These 18 U.S. Politicians Have Tested Positive For The Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 18: U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) takes an elevator at the U.S. Capitol for a … [+] vote on March 18, 2020 in Washington, DC. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is urging members of the Senate to pass as soon as possible a second COVID-19 funding bill already passed by the House. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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(This story has been updated at 11:11 a.m. on March 25, 2020.)

Topline: Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, announced on Sunday he had tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first U.S. senator and highest level politician to contract the virus. Here are the other U.S. politicians that have tested positive for coronavirus:

U.S. House: Mario Diaz-Balart, R-FL, and Ben McAdams, D-UT, both tested positive on March 18 (McAdams was hospitalized on Friday because of “severe shortness of breath.”)  
State lawmakers: Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Milwaukee State Rep. David Bowen, New York State Assembly members Helene Weinstein, Kimberly Jean-Pierre, and Charles Barron, Connecticut State Rep. Jane Garibay, Georgia state Sens. Brandon Beach, Nikema Williams, Kay Kirkpatrick and Bruce Thompson, Colorado Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet and state Sen. Jim Smallwood, Hawaii state Sen. Clarence Nishihara, New Jersey state Assemblyman Clinton Calabrese, and Missouri Rep. Joe Runion have tested positive for the virus. 
Six senators have come into contact with people infected by the coronavirus and were ordered to quarantine themselves, including: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, Sen. Rick Scott, R-FL, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, Sen. Cory Gardner, R-CO, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-UT, and Sen. Mike Lee R-UT, 
23 House members have come into contact with people infected by the coronavirus and were ordered to quarantine themselves, including: Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-FL, Rep. Doug Collins, R-FL, Rep. Paul Gosar, R-AZ, Rep. Julia Brownley, D-CA, Rep. Don Beyer, D-VA, Rep. John Yarmuth, D-KY, Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-NM, Rep. Gwen Moore, D-WI, Rep. Jason Crow, D-CO, Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-PA, Rep. Drew Ferguson, R-GA, Rep. Steve Scalise, R-LA, Ann Wagner, R-MO, Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-FL, Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-NY, Rep. Kendra Horn, D-OK, Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-NY, Rep. Joe Cunningham, D-SC, Rep. Tom Cole, R-OK, Rep. David Schwikert, R-AZ, Rep. David Price, D-NC, Rep. Andy Kim, D-NJ, Vicente Gonzalez, D-TX. 
Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced on Monday that her husband, John Bessler, has tested positive for coronavirus and was recently checked into the hospital after coughing up blood.

What we don’t know: How severe the virus could be for U.S. lawmakers. Coronavirus is especially harmful for people with preexisting conditions and the elderly. Paul recently suffered lung damage and had part of his lung removed after he was assaulted by his neighbor in 2017. Paul’s chief of staff told NBC News that the surgery puts the senator “in a higher-risk category as it relates to pulmonary issues.” Paul was one of a handful of GOP senators to vote against the first coronavirus relief bill that Trump signed into law on Wednesday, saying Congress should cut other programs to pay for it.

What to watch for: Sens. Mitt Romney, R-UT, and Mike Lee, R-UT, are now in quarantine after learning Paul tested positive for coronavirus. The two Utah senators had lunch with Paul on Friday, even as Americans are being ordered not to socialize. Romney and Lee don’t have symptoms but were ordered by doctors to self-quarantine. Romney announced Tuesday that he tested negative for coronavirus. Lee’s office said his doctor advised he did not need a test. 

Suprising fact: All of Georgia’s lawmakers were told to self-quarantine after state Sen. Brandon Beach tested positive for the virus days after participating in a vote with all 236 state legislators, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

Crucial quote: When Trump was told Romney was in quarantine on Sunday, he said sarcastically, “Romney’s in isolation? Gee, that’s too bad.”

Tangent: Should Congress change the rules to allow lawmakers to vote remotely?

Further reading: The Wall Street Journal explains why it’s so difficult to stop the spread of the coronavirus

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