Sen. Chuck Grassley in quarantine following coronavirus exposure




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  • 2020-11-17 18:24:23Z
  • By USA TODAY
 

Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Iowa Republican who is third in line for the presidency, said Tuesday he was in quarantine as he awaits test results following an exposure to the coronavirus.

"I learned today that I've been exposed to the coronavirus. I will follow my doctors' orders and immediately quarantine as I await my test results. I'm feeling well and not currently experiencing any symptoms, but it's important we all follow public health guidelines to keep each other healthy," Grassley said in a statement.

The 87-year-old senator plans to continue working virtually from home, according to the statement. His spokesperson, Michael Zona, said Grassley can participate remotely in nearly all business aside from voting.

Grassley chairs the Senate Finance Committee and is the chamber's president pro tempore, putting him in line for the presidency behind the vice president and the speaker of the House of Representatives. He was first elected to the Senate in 1980.

Grassley often brags that he hasn't missed a Senate vote since July 20, 1993, when severe flooding damaged Iowa. That streak will end this week since the Senate has not allowed members to vote remotely during the pandemic as the House has.

Zona said staff have been limiting contact with Grassley since the beginning of the pandemic and have been following the guidelines of the Senate physician regarding social distancing and mask wearing.

"Those who have been in contact with Sen. Grassley have been appropriately notified and are instructed to follow the advice of their physicians as well as all CDC and local health guidelines," Zona said in an email.

Asked if Grassley knows where he was exposed to the virus, Zona said: "We will provide further details when we are able."

In early October, Grassley said he would not seek a coronavirus test after attending a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting with a fellow senator who later tested positive for the virus. At the time, Zona said Grassley's doctors did not recommend he get tested since he was not within 6 feet of Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who tested positive.

Stephen Gruber-Miller covers the Iowa Statehouse and politics for the Register. He can be reached by email at sgrubermil@registermedia.com or by phone at 515-284-8169. Follow him on Twitter at @sgrubermiller.

This article originally appeared on USATNetwork: Sen. Chuck Grassley in quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19

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