Spokesperson: N.C. Senator Thom Tillis ‘feels great’ days after testing positive for COVID-19

Updated: Oct. 5, 2020 at 4:17 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A spokesperson for North Carolina U.S. Senator Thom Tillis said Monday the senator feels great and has regained his sense of taste and smell days after testing positive for COVID-19.

“He is no longer exhibiting any symptoms and will continue to self-isolate. Senator Tillis and his wife Susan remain grateful for the outpouring of prayers and well wishes they’ve received from North Carolinians,” spokesperson Adam Webb said.

Late Friday night, Tillis said President Donald Trump, who is also recovering from the coronavirus, called him. Sen. Tillis says President Trump is “feeling great and working hard for the American people.”

On Friday, Sen. Tillis revealed he had tested positive for the virus and was following the recommendations of his doctor.

Sen. Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement:

“Over the last few months, I’ve been routinely tested for COVID-19, including testing negative last Saturday, but tonight my rapid antigen test came back positive. I will be following the recommendations of my doctor and will be self-isolating at home for 10 days and notifying those I’ve been in close contact with. Thankfully, I have no symptoms and I feel well. As we all know, COVID-19 is a very contagious and deadly virus, especially because many carriers are asymptomatic. I encourage all North Carolinians to follow the recommendations of medical experts, including wearing a mask, washing hands, and practicing social distancing. For any North Carolinian who believes they were exposed to the virus or starts to display symptoms, please call your doctor, self-isolate, and get tested to protect those around you.”

Tillis campaign spokesman Andrew Romeo said that every campaign staff member who was in close proximity to the senator last week had tested negative for COVID-19 as of Monday.

“No staff members are showing any symptoms, but we will keep our Charlotte campaign headquarters closed for the remainder of the week out of an abundance of caution,” Romeo said.

Tillis is the second Senate Judiciary Committee member to announce he tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. First was Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT). Sen. Lee met with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Tuesday and met with Tillis on Wednesday.

Sen. Tillis is running for re-election in the U.S. Senate and just participated in his third debate with Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham Thursday night.

Cunningham tweeted Friday night wishing Sen. Tillis a speedy recovery and says he will be tested.

“I’m wishing @SenThomTillis a quick recovery following his positive COVID-19 test, and am thinking of him and his family. Because I was with Senator Tillis recently on the debate stage, I will also get tested,” Cunnigham tweeted.

Tillis for Senate campaign manager Luke Blanchat issued the following statement:

“Our campaign notified the Cunningham campaign and Spectrum News of Senator Tillis' positive COVID-19 test immediately after he received the results. The Tillis campaign staffers who were exposed to the Senator this week will now quarantine and will receive tests in the coming days. Our Charlotte campaign headquarters is now closed and we are halting all in-person campaign events until further notice. Additionally, we are reaching out to any individuals who may have come into contact with Senator Tillis during the campaign events we held this week,” the statement read.

Gov. Roy Cooper tweeted his well wishes to Sen. Tillis.

“Praying for a quick recovery for Senator Thom Tillis. This is a highly contagious virus, but we can work together to fight it by wearing a mask, washing our hands and waiting 6 feet apart,” Gov. Cooper wrote.

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