After testing positive for COVID-19, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said his view on mask mandates hasn’t changed, as Wisconsin Republican leaders have voiced their support for striking down the state’s order requiring face coverings be worn.
Johnson, who is at least the third Republican U.S. senator to have contracted the coronavirus recently, said he was tested on his way to the Ozaukee County Republican Party Oktoberfest Dinner in Mequon on Friday night.
He attended the celebration none the less. He says he wore a mask until he spoke. He claims he stayed 12 feet from everyone, and left the dinner after his remarks.
Asked whether he was told to self-quarantine after getting tested, Johnson said there was “no reason to do so.”
“I’m not sick,” he said. “I have no symptoms. I certainly didn’t anticipate testing positive, so there was no reason to quarantine.”
Wisconsin reported +2,745 new cases yesterday, third most in the country behind California and Texas but more than Florida. They have +2,892 already today.