Sen. Rick Scott of Florida has officially tested positive for COVID-19 and has revealed that he is currently experiencing mild symptoms.
The Florida Republican made the announcement about his diagnosis Friday morning, noting that the positive result came after a string of tests came back negative.
“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 yourself and others,” Scott said.
The senator also encouraged people to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and warned that Thanksgiving will be different in 2020. Channeling some optimism, Scott said the pandemic could “be a thing of the past” by next Thanksgiving.
“Wear a mask,” Scott added. “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.”
Scott is the latest senator to test positive for the virus. He, Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, and Rand Paul of Kentucky are others who have tested positive.
The coronavirus has now been linked to a quarter of a million deaths in the United States, though there is some question as to whether the numbers included in the death toll have been inflated.
Regardless, this virus is definitely serious, but the fear mongering going on in the mainstream media has likely blown things out of proportion. What we need to focus on is protecting the most vulnerable and quarantining the sick.
Young and healthy folks need to be living their lives and going to work. Period.
Here’s to a speedy recovery for Sen. Scott.