Tillis Improving After Coronavirus Diagnosis, Spokesman Says

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., speaks during a televised debate with Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, Pool)

By Associated Press

October 5, 2020

Sen. Thom Tillis announced Friday that he’d contracted the dangerous virus, which has also hit top Republicans such as President Trump and Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina says that the senator is improving after experiencing mild symptoms following a positive COVID-19 test. 

Tillis spokesman Adam Webb issued a statement Sunday night saying that the senator is continuing to self-isolate at home but that he’s feeling better after experiencing mild symptoms the previous day. Tillis announced Friday night that he had tested positive. 

“His mild symptoms from yesterday have significantly improved and the only lingering symptom is the loss of his sense of taste and smell,” Webb said in an email. 

Tillis is among several people to be diagnosed with the virus after attending the Supreme Court nomination ceremony in the White House Rose Garden for Amy Coney Barrett. Tillis was wearing a mask at the ceremony and has supported mask use. 

Tillis has said that he would self-isolate for 10 days and that he was temporarily halting in-person campaigning during his re-election bid. 


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