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Second Georgia senator tests positive for coronavirus

Senator Kay Kirkpatrick announced on Friday that she had come down with a fever on Saturday night and immediately self-quarantined and called her doctor.

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Yet another Georgia state senator is confirming that she has tested positive for coronavirus. 

Senator Kay Kirkpatrick announced on Friday that she had come down with a fever on Saturday night and, as a physician, immediately self-quarantined and called her doctor. 

She was tested on Sunday and the results came back positive on Friday.

"I have followed the strict protocol recommended by DPH and am comfortable that I have not put anyone at risk," she said.

Speaking to 11Alive on Saturday morning, Kirkpatrick said her symptoms have been mild, except for a persistent cough. 

She added that even though she's in an at-risk age group, she's "blessed to be very healthy and thankful thankful" to be recovering without complications.

"I will be happy to have immunity to this awful virus," she said.

Kirkpatrick said Saturday morning that, otherwise, she is doing well. She said she plans to complete the "full 14-day quarantine period" as recommended by the CDC and the state health department.

The senator declined to do an on-camera or Skype interview for now, because of the persistent cough. 

Sen. Kirkpatrick represents Georgia's 32 district which includes portions of Cobb and Fulton counties and encompasses over 150,000 constituents.

Another senator, Brandon Beach, came down with symptoms at roughly the same time but chose to attend Monday's special session when doctors told him was not coronavirus. But he chose to get tested on Saturday. 

The results came back days alter showing he was positive for the virus. Beach described symptoms of a fever and cough but said he's following the doctor's orders, "including the admonition to stay away from the hospital unless it becomes difficult to breathe." 

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