“After several negative tests, I learned that I was positive this morning,” he said in a statement. “I feel fine and have very mild symptoms. I will work from home in Naples until it is safe for me to return to Washington, DC”
Scott, head of the Republican campaign arm in the Senate, campaigned last week with Republican Senators David Purdue and Kelly Loeffler, who face run-off races in January for re-election in Georgia.
Scott’s office said Friday that the senator contacted a person on the evening of November 13 who later tested positive, after Scott returned home from his trip to Georgia. Scott announced the potential exposure last weekend and that he would be isolated while awaiting test results.
“I want to remind everyone to be careful and do the right things to protect yourself and others,” he said in his statement on Friday. “Wear a mask. Social distancing. Isolate if you’ve been in contact with a positive person like me.”
Scott cited the upcoming holiday encouraging Americans to take responsibility.
Scott said, “With Thanksgiving approaching, we know this holiday will be different this year.” “But, listen to public health officials and follow their instructions. We will get through this together, but we all have to take responsibility. I would like to thank all of the wonderful healthcare workers who work around the clock caring for patients and pray that by the next Thanksgiving, it will become Covid-19 is a thing of the past. “
The growing number of positive legislators from both parties and the House of Representatives coincides with an increase in the number of cases across the country. The House of Representatives began offering members the Covid-19 test this week, eight months after the pandemic began.
This story has been updated with additional developments on Friday.