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Sen. Bill Cassidy says he’s tested positive for COVID-19

By: - August 20, 2020 2:48 pm

WASHINGTON, DC – In this file photo from June 19, 2019, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) speaks during a Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing on suicide among veterans. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy announced Thursday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Cassidy, a gastroenterologist, has been vocal about the need for Americans to wear masks and practice social distancing during the pandemic. But health officials say wearing a face mask — which prevents the spread of droplets from the mouth and nose — doesn’t confer as much benefit to the person wearing it as it does to the people around that person.

According to a Thursday press release from Cassidy’s office: “Upon being notified last night that he’d been exposed to an individual with coronavirus, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) was tested today for COVID-19. That test was positive. Cassidy contacted his physician and is strictly adhering to all CDC recommendations, including quarantining for 14 days and notifying those with whom he may have come into contact.”

Cassidy said in that press release, “I am strictly following the direction of our medical experts and strongly encourage others to do the same.”

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