Utah Sen. Mike Lee tests positive for coronavirus 5 days after attending White House event announcing Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett
- Sen. Mike Lee said on Twitter on Friday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing what he thought were “longtime allergies.”
- “Unlike the test I took just a few days ago while visiting the White House, yesterday’s test came back positive,” the Republican senator from Utah wrote.
- Lee attended a ceremony at the White House on Saturday during which President Donald Trump announced that Judge Amy Coney Barrett is his Supreme Court nominee.
- Pictures from the event show a tightly packed crowd of people, many of whom weren’t wearing masks, instead shaking hands and hugging each other.
- Lee also met with Barrett on Capitol Hill on Tuesday and returned for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday. He was seen maskless both times.
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Sen. Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah, announced on Friday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.
“Yesterday morning, I was experiencing symptoms consistent with longtime allergies,” Lee wrote on Twitter. “Out of an abundance of caution, I sought medical advice and was tested for Covid-19.”
“Unlike the test I took just a few days ago while visiting the White House, yesterday’s test came back positive,” he added.
Lee said that he plans to isolate himself for the next 10 days, based on advice from a physician. “Like so many other Utans, I will now spend part of 2020 working from home,” he said.
Lee noted, however, that he plans to be “back to work to join my Judiciary Committee colleagues in advancing the Supreme Court nomination of Jude Amy