Republican Senator Thom Tillis. (Gerry Broome)
Republican Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina reported Friday that he tested positive for the coronavirus in a rapid test.
Tillis said in a statement Friday night that his rapid antigen test showed that he is infected. He issued the statement as President Donald Trump was being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for the same illness.
The Republican, who will run for reelection in November, is the latest person to be diagnosed with the infection after attending Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination ceremony for the Supreme Court, in the White House's Rose Garden. Tillis wore a mask during the ceremony.
He is also the second member of the Senate Judiciary Committee to test positive. A few hours earlier, Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah announced that he, too, is infected.
Tillis is routinely seen on Capitol Hill wearing a face mask. He maintained that he has no symptoms, but that he will be isolated.