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Republican Senator Ron Johnson tests positive for COVID-19

Johnson’s office said he feels healthy and is not experiencing symptoms.
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Published: Oct. 3, 2020 at 8:20 AM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus. His office released this statement Saturday morning:

“Senator Johnson was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 14. He stayed in quarantine for 14 days without developing symptoms and tested negative twice during that time. He returned to Washington on Sept. 29 and shortly after was exposed to an individual who has since tested positive. After learning of this exposure, the senator was tested yesterday (Friday October 2nd) afternoon. This test came back positive. Senator Johnson feels healthy and is not experiencing symptoms. He will remain isolated until given the all-clear by his doctor.”

Johnson is the third Republican senator to report a positive test this week, joining Utah Sen. Mike Lee and North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis and adding to tension in Washington since President Donald Trump announced his positive test Friday.

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Johnson self-quarantined in Wisconsin for two weeks last month after he was exposed to someone with COVID-19 but says he tested negative during that period.

He returned to Washington on Tuesday and says he was exposed soon after that to someone else who tested positive.

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Johnson says he was tested Friday afternoon after learning of the exposure and tested positive.

Action 2 News will update this story.

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