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Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley has tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley has tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley has tested positive for the coronavirus, he confirmed in a Tuesday tweet, hours after the Republican lawmaker told the public he had been exposed to the virus.

The 87-year-old wrote on Twitter that he was “feeling good” and expected to continue his Senate duties from home while he isolated and recovered.

I’ve tested positive for coronavirus. I’ll b following my doctors’ orders/CDC guidelines & continue to quarantine. I’m feeling good + will keep up on my work for the ppl of Iowa from home. I appreciate everyone’s well wishes + prayers &look fwd to resuming my normal schedule soon

— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) November 17, 2020

Grassley’s diagnosis makes him one of several high-ranking Republican figures and one of more than 11 million Americans to have contracted the virus.

Despite the U.S. death toll of the virus now nearing 250,000 deaths, some prominent Republican figures have still shirked public health guidance regarding the importance of wearing protective face masks and limiting social gatherings. Grassley has been seen wearing a mask on Capitol Hill.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican, on Monday called his Democratic Senate colleague Sen. Sherrod Brown “a complete ass” for the Democrat’s request that a fellow senator wear his mask while addressing the room.

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