“After several negative tests, I have learned that I am positive this morning,” he said in a statement. “I feel good and mild. I will work from home in Naples until it is safe for me to return to Washington, DC.”
Scott, who chairs the Republican Party’s Campaign Committee, ran last week with Democrats David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, both of whom are facing a run-off in January for re-election in Georgia.
Scott’s office said Friday that senators had been in contact with someone on the evening of Nov. 13 who tested positive, after Scott returned home from a trip to Georgia. Scott announced a possible revelation last weekend and that he will be isolated while waiting for the test results.
“I want to remind everyone to be careful and do the right thing to protect yourself and others,” he said in a statement on Friday. “Wear a mask. Social distance. Quarantine if you communicate with someone as positive as I did.”
Scott spoke of the upcoming holiday to encourage Americans to take responsibility.
“As we approach Thanksgiving, we know this holiday season will be different this year,” Scott said.
The increase in the number of positive MPs from both parties and parliamentary offices has coincided with the increase in cases across the country. The House began offering Covid-19 testing to members this week, eight months after the outbreak began.
This story was updated with further developments on Friday.