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Politics Nearly a sixth of the Senate Republican caucus has tested positive for coronavirus

22:45  24 november  2020
22:45  24 november  2020 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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Kentucky Republican Rand Paul is the first US senator to test positive for coronavirus , throwing an even greater sense of urgency into Senate negotiations over a massive stimulus package that had yet to come together Sunday afternoon as other senators decided to self-quarantine.

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Since the novel coronavirus emerged in the United States, more than 12.5 million Americans have been confirmed to have been infected by it. The actual number is unquestionably far higher than that, given the slow rollout of effective testing for the virus. But even by itself, that number constitutes nearly 4 percent of the population.

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In the Senate, the rate of infections is even higher. As of writing, eight senators have tested positive for the virus, according to data compiled by GovTrack. That’s an 8 percent infection rate, more than twice the national measure.

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Senator Rand Paul, who tested positive for the coronavirus , and senators Mitt Romney and Mike Lee – who have not tested positive but are The Senate reconvened on Wednesday but a drive to push through the package quickly was upended by the objections of a group of conservative lawmakers.

Tension filled the Senate floor as Republicans and Democrats argued over what should, and should not, be included in a stimulus bill for coronavirus As uncertainty swirled on Sunday in the Capitol over the fate of the legislation, Mr. Paul announced that he had tested positive for the disease.

All eight of those infections, though, are among members of the Republican caucus, which currently numbers 53 senators. In other words, nearly 1 in 6 Republican senators has contracted the virus — about 15 percent of the caucus.

Republicans in the Senate have been about four times as likely as Americans overall to contract the virus.

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Again, because of limited testing early in the pandemic, it’s likely that at least two other senators, both Democratic, contracted the virus in March. Sens. Robert P. Casey Jr. (Pa.) and Tim Kaine (Va.) both reported symptoms similar to those caused by covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, and later tested positive for antibodies, suggesting a previous infection.

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Senate Republicans last week rolled out a roughly trillion proposal after working closely with the administration in a bid to slow the potentially catastrophic impact of the coronavirus on the As on Monday, more than 35,000 have tested positive for the illness in the United States, a number that is

Only 22% of people testing positive for coronavirus reported having symptoms on the day of their test , according to. So the 78% not reporting symptoms on the day of the test includes "pre-symptomatic" people as well as "asymptomatic"- those who will never develop noticeable symptoms.

If they did contract the virus, the infection rate in the Senate rises to 10 percent overall.

The first senator to confirm a positive test result was Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). His result came in late March. It wasn’t until five months later that the next senator, Bill Cassidy (R-La.), tested positive. In both cases, the senators’ tests came while rates in their states were low or declining.

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Then cases came in a flurry. Three senators tested positive at the beginning of October: Mike Lee (R-Utah), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). Lee and Tillis attended ceremonies at the White House focused on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Over the past 10 days, three other senators — Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) — tested positive, as well. Their infections were confirmed as each of their states is seeing a surge in new cases. Of course, most states are at this point.

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As The Washington Post reported last week, the Senate, which is controlled by Republicans, has different and less stringent rules for containing the virus than does the Democratic-led House.

Last week, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said that Sen. Sherrod Brown’s (D-Ohio) request that Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) wear a mask was “idiotic” and “an ostentatious sign of fake virtue.” At the time, Sullivan was presiding over the Senate proceedings, sitting just feet from Senate staffers.

Two days later, Grassley was confirmed to have contracted the virus. The day before, he had been presiding over the proceedings in much the same way as Sullivan. He, too, wasn’t wearing a mask.

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