NC Senator Thom Tillis tests positive for COVID-19

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U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., speaks during a televised debate with Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, Pool)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WSPA) – North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis announced on Friday night that he has tested positive for coronavirus.

He released the following statement:

“Over the last few months, I’ve been routinely tested for COVID-19, including testing negative last Saturday, but tonight my rapid antigen test came back positive. I will be following the recommendations of my doctor and will be self-isolating at home for 10 days and notifying those I’ve been in close contact with. Thankfully, I have no symptoms and I feel well. As we all know, COVID-19 is a very contagious and deadly virus, especially because many carriers are asymptomatic. I encourage all North Carolinians to follow the recommendations of medical experts, including wearing a mask, washing hands, and practicing social distancing. For any North Carolinian who believes they were exposed to the virus or starts to display symptoms, please call your doctor, self-isolate, and get tested to protect those around you.”

Tillis and Senate opponent Cal Cunningham had a debate Thursday night in Raleigh, NC. Cunningham tweeted that he will be getting a coronavirus test.

Tillis for Senate campaign manager Luke Blanchat issued a statement that the campaign notified the Cunningham campaign and Spectrum News of Senator Tillis’ positive COVID-19 test immediately after he received the results.

“The Tillis campaign staffers who were exposed to the Senator this week will now quarantine and will receive tests in the coming days,” the statement said.

The Charlotte campaign headquarters is now closed and the Tillis campaign has halted all in-person campaign events until further notice. Additionally, they say they are reaching out to any individuals who may have come into contact with Senator Tillis during the campaign events we held this week.

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