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Sen. Gary Peters tests negative for COVID-19

Craig Mauger
The Detroit News

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, says he tested negative for COVID-19 after getting checked following participating in a committee meeting that included another senator who was found to have the virus.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. Peters participated in a meeting Wednesday where he was seated "near" Johnson, the Michigan senator tweeted Saturday.

Johnson is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Peters is the ranking Democratic member on the committee.

"My test was negative. I don't have symptoms and am feeling great," Peters said in a tweet Saturday. "Out of an abundance of caution, I'll self-quarantine until October 14th. In the meantime, I'll keep doing my job, fighting for Michiganders, by working virtually from home."

Peters is up for re-election this year in a competitive race against businessman John James of Farmington Hills. The Nov. 3 election is one month away.

A number of GOP officials, including President Donald Trump and Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, announced they had tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.

Johnson was the third Republican senator in 24 hours to announce a positive test result, according to CNN. The others were Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina.

cmauger@detroitnews.com