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Update: Sasse negative for COVID-19 after being around several people who’ve tested positive; Fischer awaits results

Nebraska Senators Ben Sasse and Deb Fischer attend an event at the Rose Garden on September 26,...
Nebraska Senators Ben Sasse and Deb Fischer attend an event at the Rose Garden on September 26, 2020(Alex Brandon, Associated Press)
Published: Oct. 2, 2020 at 10:58 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - A spokesperson for Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) said the senator is negative for COVID-19 after attending Saturday’s Rose Garden event at the White House. Several people who were at that event, including President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Kellyanne Conway, and a few Republican U.S. senators have now tested positive for coronavirus.

A spokesperson for Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) said that Sen. Fischer has no symptoms and expects to have her test results Sunday.

That event was to introduce President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, who also acknowledged today that she and her husband tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this summer.

“Because of his close interaction with multiple infected individuals, Senator Sasse was again tested for coronavirus today — and his results were negative," said a spokesperson. "After consulting with the Senate attending physician and Nebraska doctors, he will work remotely from his home in Nebraska, undergoing further testing.

"He will return to Washington for in-person work beginning Oct. 12. Ben, Melissa, and their kids are praying for the President, the First Lady, and a nation continuing to battle this nasty virus.”

A picture from Associated Press photographer Alex Brandon shows Sen. Sasse and Sen. Fischer in the second row, within a few feet of multiple people who’ve now tested positive, at the event. Both are seen wearing masks.

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