Sen. Josh Hawley will undergo additional COVID-19 test

October 3, 2020 GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley is getting an additional COVID-19 test after attending a White House ceremony for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett with President Donald Trump and two other senators who later tested positive for the virus.

Hawley’s office said Saturday morning that Hawley, who tested negative twice within the last week, would undergo the additional test out of an abundance of caution.

“Over the last 24 hours, Senator Hawley has consulted with his personal physician and the Office of the Attending Physician about his potential exposure to people with COVID-19. The physicians did not recommend additional testing or quarantine at this time,” said Hawley’s spokeswoman Kelli Ford.


Hawley was among the Republican lawmakers at the Sept. 25 ceremony with Trump, who announced Friday that he had tested positive and was later hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Two of Hawley’s colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee — North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis and Utah Sen. Mike Lee — both said Friday that they also had tested positive for the virus, raising questions about the timing of Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Barrett.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared the confirmation process was going “full steam ahead.”