Coronavirus: U.S. Rep. Austin Scott tests positive for COVID-19

U.S. Rep. Austin Scott tests positive for the coronavirus

U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Georgia, has tested positive for COVID-19, his office confirmed late Monday afternoon.

According to a statement from Scott’s chief of staff, Jason Lawrence, the congressman is “following guidance from the House Attending Physician as well as his personal physician,” The Valdosta Daily Times reported.

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“Austin and Vivien are appreciative of the prayers and well wishes,” Lawrence added, referring to the congressman and his wife.

Scott’s diagnosis makes him the third Georgia congressman to test positive for the novel coronavirus since the pandemic began, WMAZ reported.

U.S. Rep. Rick Allen tested positive for the virus last week and has been working from home in quarantine despite not experiencing any symptoms. Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson tested positive in October after experiencing mild symptoms, the TV station reported.

Scott, who faced Democrat Lindsay Holliday in the Nov. 3 election, retained his seat with 64.5% of the vote. He currently serves on the Armed Services Committee and the House Agriculture Committee, WMAZ reported.

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Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., stands outside of the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, April 23, 2020. Scott’s office confirmed on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, that the congressman tested positive for COVID-19.
Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., stands outside of the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, April 23, 2020. Scott’s office confirmed on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, that the congressman tested positive for COVID-19. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)