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A North Carolina State Senator Has Tested Positive for COVID-19

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Gov. Roy Cooper listens as Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services speaks during a briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, July 9, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina state senator has tested positive for COVID-19, the first known case to involve a General Assembly member.

The senator wasn’t named in a statement from Senate leader Phil Berger, who says it’s a Republican male.

Berger says the senator had already taken a test that came back negative before returning to Raleigh this week. He took a second test Thursday because his spouse was scheduled for a medical procedure. That test came back positive Friday, according to Berger.

The senator hasn’t had any symptoms during this period. Berger says: “He is staying home and feels well.”

Legislators, especially Democrats, have sought more restrictions and criticized legislators -- mostly Republicans -- who have declined to wear face coverings indoors.

The full legislature isn’t expected to return to work until September.