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Sen. Angus King tests positive for COVID-19

Sen. King tested positive for COVID in Maine on Thursday, according to a press release from his office.
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Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, speaks at Acadia National Park, Friday, June 18, 2021, in Winter Harbor, Maine.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

MAINE, USA — Senator Angus King has tested positive for COVID-19 in Maine, his office said in a press release Thursday.

According to the release, King felt sick Wednesday and took the test as a precaution. 

Upon learning of his positive test, Senator King issued the following statement:

“Since COVID-19 first reached our shores last March, I have worked to follow the professional guidance and take all precautions necessary to protect myself, my loved ones, my staff, and my community both here in Maine and in Washington.

This has meant masks, social distancing, a work-from-home mindset for myself and my team, driving up and back to Maine dozens of times rather than flying until only recently, Zoom calls instead of attending Senate hearings in person, voting quickly on the floor while remaining masked, regular testing for me and my staff, and receiving the vaccinations when it was my turn to get them earlier this year. None of these were convenient, but nor were they onerous; my actions were a part of being a responsible member of the community and listening to the medical professionals who spend years to become masters of their science and keep us alive and healthy.

Despite all my efforts, when I began feeling mildly feverish yesterday, I took a test this morning at my doctor’s suggestion, and it came back positive. While I am not feeling great, I’m definitely feeling much better than I would have without the vaccine. I am taking this diagnosis very seriously, quarantining myself at home and telling the few people I’ve been in contact with to get tested in order to limit any further spread.

I will keep everyone posted in the days ahead of the healing process, but I urge everyone to remain vigilant, follow the guidance from health professionals, and get vaccinated if you haven’t been. While Maine people and Americans are ready to move past COVID-19 and return to our normal routines, the virus is not done with us yet. We must all continue to look out for one another through our words and actions, and remain united against this dangerous disease.”

Sen. Susan Collins gave the following statement in response to the news:

“I am so sorry to learn that Angus has contracted COVID. I have been in touch to wish him a speedy recovery.”

Maine Governor Janet Mills gave her support in a tweet: