A recent outbreak of COVID-19 among Republican political figures hits Wisconsin. United States Senator Ron Johnson announced Saturday morning that he has tested positive for the virus. Johnson joins two other GOP senators, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Mike Lee of Utah, to contract the disease this week. Johnson was not at a Rose Garden event last Saturday, announcing Amy Coney Barrett as the President’s nominee to fill a vacant seat on the US Supreme Court. Almost all of the other confirmed cases have been tied to that gathering, including the President, First Lady, and several White House staffers. The transmission at an outdoor event mirrors trends seen locally. Door County Public Health Director Sue Powers says being outside cannot become a source of complacency when dealing with COVID.
Symptoms for those affected in Washington DC range from mild to a precautionary hospitalization in the case of President Donald Trump. In a statement released Saturday morning by Johnson’s office, it was revealed that the Senator is currently asymptomatic and in quarantine until cleared by health officials.