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Sen. Casey Tests Positive for Virus Antibodies, Pledges to Donate Plasma

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Sen. Bob Casey, D-Penn. (Mark Makela/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 29 May 2020 12:04 PM

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Penn., announced Friday that he tested positive for coronavirus antibodies.

In a statement, the senator said he received the results of a COVID-19 antibody test on Wednesday with the positive result.

He said he self-quarantined in April after experiencing a low-grade fever and mild flu-like symptoms for several days. He was not tested for coronavirus because he said his symptoms were “mild and manageable.”

“My fever went away on its own by mid-April, and it was never recommended that I be tested for the virus,” he said. “I was able to work during my illness, remotely engaging with constituents and staff and keeping a full schedule.”

The antibody test suggests Casey had the virus. The positive test also showed he has enough antibodies in his blood necessary to donate plasma. 

“In an effort to help others fighting this virus, I will be making my first donation today in Taylor, Pennsylvania,” he said in his statement. “I encourage others who have recovered from COVID-19 to consult with their own physician to see if they may also be eligible to donate.”

Casey said he will continue to practice social distancing and wear a mask.

Casey’s announcement comes one day after Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., shared that he and his wife tested positive for coronavirus antibodies.

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