Rick Scott Tests Positive for COVID-19

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., announced on Friday morning that he tested positive for COVID-19.

“Senator Scott came into contact with someone after returning to Florida on Friday evening (11/13) who subsequently tested positive, and has been quarantining at his home in Naples since then. He took multiple negative rapid tests earlier in the week, but a PCR test he took Tuesday came back positive this morning,” the senator’s office noted.

Scott released a statement on Friday and urged Floridians remain careful about the virus.

“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 yourselves and others. Wear a mask. Social distance. Quarantine if you come in contact with someone positive like I did,” Scott said.

“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 added.

Scott, who worked as an executive in the healthcare industry, before being elected governor in 2010, went into self-quarantine back in March after meeting with the president of Brazil and members of his staff who tested positive for coronavirus,

 

Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.

 

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