GOP Sen. Wicker of Mississippi tests positive for COVID-19

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FILE – In this Thursday, May 27, 2021 file photo, Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., arrives as senators go to the chamber for votes ahead of the approaching Memorial Day recess, at the Capitol in Washington. Republican Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi says installing massive pumps to drain water from the south Mississippi Delta would be a way to fight environmental injustice. He says the project would help low-income and minority residents whose lives are disrupted by flooding. Wicker made his statements to a Senate subcommittee Thursday, July 22, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation.

His communications director, Phillip Waller, says Wicker tested positive Thursday morning. Wicker sought a test because of mild symptoms.

Waller says the 70-year-old is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, is in good health and is being treated by his physician based in Tupelo.

Waller says everyone recently in close contact with Wicker has been notified. Wicker has been in the U.S. Senate since 2007.

He was elected to the U.S. House in 1994 after having served in the state Senate. Wicker has not been in Washington since last week.

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