Florida Sen. Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus

“Wear a mask. Socially distance,” says Scott.

Florida Sen. Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott says that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

The former Florida governor made the announcement Friday morning,  adding that he is currently “feeling good” and only has mild symptoms.

“After several negative tests, I learned I was positive for COVID-19 this AM,” tweeted Scott. “I’m feeling good & experiencing very mild symptoms. I’ll be working from home until it’s safe for me to return to DC. I remind everyone to be careful & do the right things to protect yourselves & others."

Scott, 67, has been in quarantine at his home in Naples after coming into contact with someone who tested positive last week, and has received multiple negative rapid tests. However, a PCR test he took Tuesday came back positive this morning.

The senator, who recently assumed leadership of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, also thanked health care workers and reminded people to wear a mask and socially distance. 

“Wear a mask. Socially distance,” add Scott in another tweet. “Quarantine if you come in contact with someone positive like I did. We will beat this together, but we all must be responsible. I want to thank all the incredible health care workers who are working around the clock to care for patients.”

Last week, Scott participated in a packed indoor rally in Georgia on behalf of Senate colleagues David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, alongside fellow Republican Senator Marco Rubio. While Scott's office has not definitively stated how Scott was exposed to coronavirus, they claim it did not happen at the rally. 

As of now, Scott is ninth U.S. senator to test positive for COVID-19, and the second this week. On Tuesday, Republican Chuck Grassley also tested positive for the virus.

Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has refused to impose a statewide mask mandate, even barring local governments from enforcing their own stricter policies. Scott has also opposed mandatory mask mandates.

Florida currently has 914,333 COVID diagnoses, with 52,865 hospitalizations and 17,810 deaths, says the Florida Department of Health. 

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Colin Wolf

Colin Wolf has been working with weekly newspapers since 2007 and has been the Digital Editor for Creative Loafing Tampa since 2019. He is also the Director of Digital Content Strategy for CL's parent company, Chava Communications.
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