Sen. Thom Tillis tests positive for COVID-19


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WNCN) – North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement issued Friday night.

“Tonight my rapid antigen test came back positive,” the statement said. He had last tested negative on Saturday.

Per recommendations from his doctor, Tillis said he will be self-isolating at home for 10 days. Tillis, who said he had no symptoms, said he will also be notifying those who he has been in close contact with.

Officials said the Charlotte campaign office for Tillis would be closed and any campaign staffers who were exposed to Tillis would be quarantined.

Tillis is the second member of the Senate Judiciary Committee to announce a positive test Friday. After isolating for 10 days, Tillis should return to work on Oct. 12, which is the first day of the committee’s hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

Tillis campaign manager Luke Blanchat issued a statement after the news of the diagnosis was released:

“Our campaign notified the Cunningham campaign and Spectrum News of Senator Tillis’ positive COVID-19 test immediately after he received the results. The Tillis campaign staffers who were exposed to the Senator this week will now quarantine and will receive tests in the coming days. Our Charlotte campaign headquarters is now closed and we are halting all in-person campaign events until further notice. Additionally, we are reaching out to any individuals who may have come into contact with Senator Tillis during the campaign events we held this week. “

Tillis released the following statement Friday night:

“Thankfully, I have no symptoms and I feel well,” Tillis said in the statement. “As we all know, COVID-19 is a very contagious and deadly virus, especially because many carriers are asymptomatic. I encourage all North Carolinians to follow the recommendations of medical experts, including wearing a mask, washing hands, and practicing social distancing. For any North Carolinian who believes they were exposed to the virus or starts to display symptoms, please call your doctor, self-isolate, and get tested to protect those around you.”

Tillis and Democratic Senate nominee Cal Cunningham debated on Thursday. A spokesperson for Cunningham said he will get tested.

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