Angus King, one of Maine's United States senators, has tested positive for COVID-19.

The announcement was made on Senator Angus King's website, on Thursday, August 19. King said he has been working to take all the precautions against the virus that he could, including: wearing masks; taking a work-from-home mindset for himself and his staff; attending Senate hearings via Zoom; and voting quickly on the floor before leaving the hall. King has been driving between Maine and Washington DC, rather than flying, until just recently. He was also became fully vaccinated. His goal, he says, was to protect not only himself, but also his family, staff, and community.

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In a media release on his website, King said he began feeling feverish and unwell on Wednesday and took a COVID-19 test, as a precaution. The result was positive.

While I am not feeling great, I'm definitely feeling much better than I would have without the vaccine. I am taking this diagnosis very seriously, quarantining myself at home and telling the few people I've been in contact with to get tested in order to limit any further spread.

Senator King says he will keep everyone posted on his progress. In addition, he urges everyone to get vaccinated, be vigilant about potential symptoms, and do all they can to help stop the spread of the virus.

Most counties in Maine are showing substantial transmission of the delta variant of COVID-19. In those counties, both vaccinated and unvaccinated residents are encouraged to wear masks when in public indoor settings.

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