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Fla. Senator Loranne Ausley tests positive for coronavirus

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Posted at 9:23 PM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 21:37:31-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida Senator Loranne Ausley announced in a Facebook post on Monday that she has contracted the coronavirus.

In her statement, Ausley said "like many of you, I have spent the past 10 months taking all the suggested CDC precautions – social distancing, hand washing and wearing a mask.

"However, today I tested positive for COVID-19. I have a good idea of how and where I was exposed and because of that have been quarantining since Saturday," she said, offering no further explanation.

"Thankfully, so far I am only experiencing minor symptoms and will continue to follow CDC and Senate protocols before returning to in-person committee meetings. While I will be actively engaged in Senate work and watching meetings from quarantine, I want to express emphatically, for the safety of your family, friends and colleagues, PLEASE WEAR A MASK!"

Like many of you, I have spent the past 10 months taking all the suggested CDC precautions – social distancing, hand...

Posted by Loranne Ausley on Monday, January 25, 2021

She's not the first either. Rep. Jason Shoaf made a similar announcement Sunday on Facebook:

"I tested positive for Covid this weekend, and I have notified local health officials. For the safety and health of my colleagues and staff, and in accordance with House protocols and CDC guidelines, I will not attend committee hearings this week in person. However, I do plan to participate in all meetings planned virtually. I’m feeling fine. We have a lot of work to do for our state, and I plan to return to meeting in person as soon as it is safe to do so."