3 senators announce they have tested positive for COVID-19

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U.S. Senator Angus King (I-ME) is seen in the Senate Reception room during the fifth day of the impeachment trial of former U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington, U.S., February 13, 2021.
  • Three US senators on Thursday announced that they've tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Each of them has been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
  • The Senate is out of session this week.
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Three senators, who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, announced on Thursday that they've tested positive for COVID-19.

Republican Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi, Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine, and Democratic Sen. John Hickenlooper of Colorado revealed their positive diagnoses in statements from their offices.

Wicker and Hickenlooper reported experiencing mild symptoms of the virus. King said that he'd been "mildly feverish."

King and Hickenlooper lauded the COVID-19 vaccine and encouraged people to get the shot if they had not already.

"While I am not feeling great, I am definitely feeling much better than I would have without the vaccine," King, 77, said in a statement.

Hickenlooper, 69, echoed the sentiment.

"I'm grateful for the vaccine (and the scientists behind it) for limiting my symptoms," he said.

The senators said they are self-isolating and following the medical advice of their doctors.

The breakthrough infections come as the Senate is out of session this week. Senators left for recess following extensive legislative debate to advance Democrats' $3.5 trillion social infrastructure package. The chamber is due to return on September 13.

Earlier this month, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina became the first fully-vaccinated senator to publicly report a breakthrough infection.

The Republican lawmaker recovered from mild symptoms and returned to the Senate after quarantining for 10 days.

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