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UPDATE: Sen. Capito to self-quarantine despite negative coronavirus test

Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 12:31 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2020 at 3:43 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 9/15/20 3:45 P.M.

West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito will continue to self-quarantine for 14 days even though a coronavirus test she took after being exposed to someone with the virus came back negative.

Capito, a Republican, announced Tuesday morning that she had been tested for the virus after being told someone she had been in contact with had tested positive.

“This morning, I was made aware that I came into contact with an individual who tested positive for coronavirus," she said. "Within minutes of being notified, I immediately contacted the Capitol Attending Physician and was tested. That test came back negative.

Capito said she is following the doctor’s advice and the recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Republican West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said Tuesday she plans to self-quarantine for 14 days after being told that she had been exposed to a person who had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Capito said she was tested for the virus after contacting the U.S. Capitol’s attending physician, but she hasn’t received the results of her test.

“I learned recently that I came into contact with an individual who tested positive for coronavirus," Capito said in a news release. "While the test result has not come back yet, I will be following CDC recommendations and the advice of the Capitol Attending Physician and will be quarantining for 14 days as a precaution. I will make the test result public when it is available.”

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