Florida Sen. Rick Scott tests positive for COVID-19

Florida Sen. Rick Scott tests positive for COVID-19
Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., speaks during a campaign rally for Republican candidates for U.S. Senate Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Sen. David Perdue on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Cumming, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) (Brynn Anderson)

FLORIDA — Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) announced Friday morning that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Scott reportedly came into contact with someone who tested positive for the virus after returning to Florida last Friday and has been quarantining at his home in Naples since then.

He took several rapid tests earlier in the week that came back negative, but a PCR test he took Tuesday came back positive Friday, according to a news release.

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Scott said he is “feeling good and experiencing very mild symptoms.” He will work from his home until it is safe to return to Washington, D.C.

He also reminded everyone to wear a mask and social distance.

Read his statement below:

“After several negative tests, I learned I was positive this morning. I am feeling good and experiencing very mild symptoms. I will be working from home in Naples until it is safe for me to return to Washington, D.C. I want to remind everyone to be careful and do the right things to protect yourselves and others. Wear a mask. Social distance. Quarantine if you come in contact with someone positive like I did. As we approach Thanksgiving, we know this holiday will be different this year. But, listen to public health officials and follow their guidance. We will beat this together, but we all have to be responsible. I want to thank all the incredible health care workers who are working around the clock to care for patients and I pray that by next Thanksgiving, COVID-19 will be a thing of the past.”