Senator Thom Tillis tests positive for COVID-19


Tribune News Service

From left, Sen Thom Tillis (R-NC), Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), speak during a committee oversight hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on August 5, 2020. (Carolyn Kaster/Pool/Abaca Press/TNS)

Veronica Wernicke, News Editor

Following a weekend with announcements of several politicians, including President Donald Trump, testing positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) N.C. republican Senator Thom Tillis is the latest to receive a positive test result.  

This news was confirmed by Tillis in a tweet on Oct. 2.

“Tonight my COVID-19 test came back positive,” the tweet stated. “I’m following the recommendations of my doctor. Thankfully, I have no symptoms and feel well. COVID is a very contagious virus. If you were exposed or start to display symptoms, please call your doctor, self-isolate and get tested.

Tillis was also one of the several politics that attended the Rose Garden event where Trump officially announced his nomination of Amy Coney Barrett for the supreme court on Sept. 26. 

At this event, which took place inside and outside, several people were seen not wearing masks or following social distancing measures, Tillis included. This event is suspected to be where several politicians became infected with COVID-19. 

He is also apart of the Senate Judiciary Committee and still plans to attend the hearings on the supreme court nominee Barrett starting on Oct. 10. Meaning Tillis will only be self-isolating for 10 days instead of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s recommendation of 14 days. 

The senator is currently self-isolating at home.