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U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman Tests Positive for COVID-19

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Republican Congressman Ralph Norman of South Carolina has announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Norman learned he had tested positive just before noon Thursday, following what his office says were mild symptoms in the morning.

Norman has bristled against wearing a mask at the Capitol and was even fined for not doing so. But he is fully vaccinated. In a short statement, the congressman said he will make every effort to work virtually in self-quarantine for the next 10 days.

The announcement comes just days after Senator Lindsey Graham announced HE had tested positive. The senator is also self-quarantining and is said to be experiencing only mild symptoms so far as well.

Congressman Norman is planning a series of town halls later this month. A representative from his office says the COVID diagnosis should not interrupt.

Rep. Norman's full statement:
“After experiencing minor symptoms this morning, I sought a COVID-19 test and was just informed the test results were positive. Thankfully, I have been fully vaccinated and my symptoms remain mild. To every extent possible, I will continue my work virtually while in quarantine for the next ten (10) days."

Scott Morgan is the Upstate multimedia reporter for South Carolina Public Radio, based in Rock Hill. He cut his teeth as a newspaper reporter and editor in New Jersey before finding a home in public radio in Texas. Scott joined South Carolina Public Radio in March of 2019. His work has appeared in numerous national and regional publications as well as on NPR and MSNBC. He's won numerous state, regional, and national awards for his work including a national Edward R. Murrow.