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U.S. Sen. Hawley says his results came back negative after taking COVID-19 test

Jack Suntrup St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., speaks during during Attorney General William Barr's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee in Washington on May 1, 2019.

JEFFERSON CITY – U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley said Saturday that a test he took for COVID-19 has come back negative.

The Missouri Republican took to Twitter to announce his test results and to offer prayers to President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, both of whom contracted COVID-19, and to "every American who is battling this virus."

Hawley took the test after attending a White House event last week celebrating Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

His spokeswoman, Kelli Ford, said earlier Saturday that Hawley had exhibited no symptoms and was taking the test "out of an abundance of caution."

The test was Hawley's first since attending the event last weekend at the White House, Ford said.

She said that over the prior 24 hours, Hawley had consulted with his personal physician and the U.S. Capitol's Office of Attending Physicians "about his potential exposure to people with COVID-19."

Ford said the physicians "did not recommend additional testing or quarantine at this time."

Others have tested positive for COVID-19 following the event, including President Trump, who was being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday.

Two U.S. senators who attended the event – Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina – have also tested positive, along with a former senior advisor to Trump, Kellyanne Conway. The Rev. John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame University, attended the ceremony and has tested positive as well.

Photographs and footage of the event show attendees gathered at the White House mingling, the majority of them, including Hawley, without masks.

State situation

Missouri logged 1,326 new cases of COVID-19 and 4 additional deaths on Sunday, according to the state Department of Health and Senior Services. The state has now recorded 132,431 cases and 1,273 deaths since the pandemic arrived in Missouri in early March.

At least one new case was reported in 105 of 117 local health jurisdictions.

The state’s seven-day positivity rate fell slightly to 14% as of Oct. 1.

Missouri ranks in the top 10 states in the country for new cases and deaths added over the past seven days.

The Tribune’s Gabriela Velasquez contributed to this report.