Blackburn tested for COVID-19 after traveling to debate with President Trump

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn says she has tested negative for the coronavirus after flying with President Donald Trump to the debate in Cleveland earlier this week.

The Associated Press confirmed with a spokesperson Friday Sen. Blackburn’s test came back negative.

Senator Blackburn spoke earlier in the day via Zoom at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Atlanta. In a video tweeted from the event by a reporter with the NPR affiliate, Blackburn said she learned Friday morning that she “needed to go get a COVID test because yes, I did fly with the president out to the debate and was there at the debate.”

Blackburn said she practiced social distancing and wore a mask, so she did not believe she had the virus, but she was self-isolating “out of an abundance of caution.”

President Trump announced on Twitter late Thursday night that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19. He said the two would begin the quarantine and recovery process immediately.

Both members of the first family said they were experiencing “mild symptoms,” as of Friday morning.

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(This reflects what the TDH is reporting each day at 2 p.m. CST )

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