Sen. Rick Scott tests positive for COVID-19, says, ‘Wear a mask. Social distance.’

Published: November 20, 2020 9:33 AM EST
Updated: November 20, 2020 11:59 AM EST
Sen. Rick Scott
Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida said in a statement Friday morning he has tested positive with COVID-19, adding to the number of lawmakers in recent days that have tested positive with the virus.

“After several negative tests, I learned I was positive this morning,” he said in a statement. “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.”

Scott, who is the chairman of the Senate Republicans’ campaign arm, had campaigned last week with Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler who are both facing January runoff races for reelection in Georgia.

Scott announced last Saturday that he had possibly been exposed to the virus after returning to Florida and that he would isolate while awaiting test results.

“I want to remind everyone to be careful and do the right things to protect yourselves and others,” he said in his statement Friday. “Wear a mask. Social distance. Quarantine if you come in contact with someone positive like I did.”

Scott cited the upcoming holiday in encouraging Americans to be responsible.

“As we approach Thanksgiving, we know this holiday will be different this year,” Scott said. “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.”

Scott is the latest senator to test positive with Covid-19. Sen. Chuck Grassley, who is 87, announced earlier this week he was positive.

Sen. Scott’s full statement:

“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.”