Sen. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderSunday shows preview: As states loosen social distancing restrictions, lawmakers address dwindling state budgets On The Money: 3.2 million more Americans file new jobless claims | Schumer, Pelosi set to unveil ‘Rooseveltian’ relief package | Pelosi pushes back on Trump’s call for capital gains tax cuts Overnight Health Care: Schumer, Pelosi set to unveil ‘Rooseveltian’ relief package | GOP chairman says nation needs ‘millions’ more tests to safely reopen | Harvard study says only nine states ready to reopen safely MORE (R-Tenn.) will self-quarantine after a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.
David Cleary, Alexander’s chief of staff, said the GOP senator had no symptoms and had tested negative for the coronavirus on Thursday. The staff member, according to Cleary, tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday.
“After discussing this with the Senate’s attending physician, Senator Alexander, out of an abundance of caution, has decided not to return to Washington, D.C., and will self-quarantine in Tennessee for 14 days,” he said.
No other staff in Alexander’s office is expected to self-quarantine and most of the GOP senator’s Washington, D.C., staff, like most offices on Capitol Hill, was already working remotely.
Alexander, who chairs the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, is expected to keep working remotely, including overseeing a hearing scheduled for Tuesday on the virus.
“The senator will be working remotely and will chair the Senate health committee hearing on Tuesday morning by videoconference where the witnesses will be Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci to enter ‘modified quarantine’: report Sunday shows preview: As states loosen social distancing restrictions, lawmakers address dwindling state budgets Cuomo, DeWine and Beshear are most popular governors as bobbleheads MORE, Dr. Robert Redfield, Dr. Brett Giroir, and Dr. Stephen Hahn,” Cleary said.
Fauci, Redfield and Hahn are also expected to testify before the HELP Committee remotely due to a White House staffer testing positive for COVID-19.
“We’re doubling the amount of testing up to 2 million a week. There ought to be enough tests to test 535 members of Congress who come to one of the nation’s coronavirus hot spots before they go back home around the country and infect people in their districts,” Alexander said.
He added that without routine testing members, some of whom are still traveling from Washington, D.C., to their home states, could “represent sort of a virus-spreading machine.”