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Florida Republican senator says he has Covid-19

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

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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.

Washington (CNN)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.

Scott, who is the chairman of the Senate Republicans' campaign arm, had campaigned last week with Republican Sens.

Scott announced last Saturday that he had been possibly exposed to the virus 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.

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.

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.

The cases brings CNN's tally to 26 House members and nine senators that have so far tested positive or been presumed positive since the start of the pandemic.

The increased number in positive lawmakers from both parties and chambers of Congress coincides with the uptick of cases across the country.

The House began offering Covid-19 testing for members this week, eight months after the pandemic began.

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