Ron Johnson has become the third U.S. senator to test positive for COVID-19 in the past few days.
The Wisconsin Republican confirmed his positive diagnosis on Saturday, and in a statement said that he had been exposed to someone positive with COVID-19 after he returned to Washington D.C. on Sept. 29
His return to D.C. came after he had completed a 14-day quarantine after being exposed to another COVID-19 positive person on Sept. 14, during which time he twice gave negative tests.
Sen. Johnson's office says he feels healthy and isn't displaying symptoms, but he becomes the latest GOP senator to test positive at a time the GOP is trying to push through the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Thom Tillis, R-N.C. also tested positive, after they attended a nomination announcement for Barrett at the White House last Saturday.
Several individuals who were at that confirmation hearing in the Rose Garden – where face masks weren't worn – have since tested positive, including President Donald Trump, advisers Kellyanne Conway and Hope Hicks, the president's campaign manager Bill Stepien, RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, three White House reporters, and Notre Dame President John Jenkins.
Sen. Johnson was not at the event, as he was in quarantine.