WORLD 87-year-old US senator Chuck Grassley tests positive for COVID-19


87-year-old US senator Chuck Grassley tests positive for COVID-19


09:41, November 18, 2020

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley said on Tuesday evening that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

In this Oct. 12, 2020 file photo, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, listens during a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett before the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Grassley, the longest-serving Republican senator, says he is quarantining after being exposed to the coronavirus. (Photo: AP)

"This morning, I learned that I had been exposed to the coronavirus," the 87-year-old senator said in a statement. "I received a COVID-19 test and immediately began to quarantine. While I still feel fine, the test came back positive for the coronavirus."

"I'm feeling good + will keep up on my work for the ppl of Iowa from home," he tweeted.

Grassley is the second oldest U.S. senator, a few months younger than California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, who is also 87.

Grassley was in the Senate on Monday and gave a brief speech from the Senate floor. Like most senators, he was not wearing a mask while he gave his speech from his desk to a largely empty chamber, according to U.S. news outlet The Hill.

The Iowa Republican becomes the sixth U.S. senator to test positive for COVID-19.

Terms of Service & Privacy Policy

We have updated our privacy policy to comply with the latest laws and regulations. The updated policy explains the mechanism of how we collect and treat your personal data. You can learn more about the rights you have by reading our terms of service. Please read them carefully. By clicking AGREE, you indicate that you have read and agreed to our privacy policies

Agree and continue