WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito announced Tuesday afternoon a COVID-19 test she took earlier in the day came back negative but she’ll be following CDC guidelines and will be self-quarantining for the next two weeks.
Capito took the test after being exposed to someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19.
“This morning, I was made aware that I came into contact with an individual who tested positive for coronavirus. Within minutes of being notified, I immediately contacted the Capitol Attending Physician and was tested. That test came back negative. Despite my negative coronavirus test result, I will be following CDC recommendations and the advice of the Capitol Attending Physician and will be quarantining for 14 days as a precaution,” Capito said in a statement released by her office.
Capito, who will be working from home in Charleston, will have to miss votes on the Senate floor. There is no proxy voting available on the Senate floor. Capito will be able to file proxy votes in committee meetings. Capito also plans to take part in virtual meetings and hearings from home.