GOP Senator Bill Cassidy, a physician, tests positive for COVID-19

Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a news release from his office. Cassidy, a 62-year-old medical doctor representing Louisiana, was arraigned after being notified Wednesday night that he had been exposed to someone with the virus.

According to his office, the Louisiana senator contacted his doctor and adhered to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), including 14 days of quarantine, and told people he had recently interacted with.

“I strictly follow the direction of our medical experts and strongly encourage others to do the same,” Cassidy said.

Cassidy’s office did not say at this time whether he had any symptoms.

According to his Twitter feed, Cassidy visited the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, this week to discuss veteran suicide. A video posted on his Twitter showed him with a face mask, though it slipped under his nose when he spoke next to one.

“Had a great visit and discussion at the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport regarding veterans’ suicides. I’m under the impression of Mr. Richard Crockett and his staff going out to support veterans because they support civilian life. resubmit to proudly serve our nation, ”Cassidy tweeted.

Cassidy also promoted personal votes in a video he posted to his Twitter account Wednesday.

“If you can go to the polls safely and practice social distance, then you can go to the polls safely. We should not federalize elections like Democrats try to do by making post-by-vote mandatory. Let state and local gods decide their voting procedures, “he tweeted.

Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, contracted COVID-19 earlier this year, and Senators Tim Kaine, of Virginia, and Bob Casey, of Pennsylvania, both Democrats, have tested positive for antibodies.