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Lankford Quarantining after Meeting with Colleague Positive for COVID-19

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma said Friday that he was quarantining after meeting with a Utah senator who tested positive for COVID-19.

In a tweet, Lankford said that he had met several times this week with fellow Republican Mike Lee, who announced earlier Friday that he had contracted the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Lankford said he is not experiencing symptoms but will quarantine for 10 days. His tweet did not indicate whether he is awaiting test results. His office did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Lankford’s announcement comes the same day the White House announced that President Donald Trump would spend a “few days” at Walter Reed Military Medical Center after he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus. Trump “remains fatigued,” his doctor said.

Lee had attended a ceremony with Trump last week at which the president announced the nomination of U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

The virus has killed more than 205,000 Americans and spread to the highest reaches of the U.S. government.

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