Coronavirus keeps 9 Florida lawmakers from Capitol after positive tests, exposure
The legislators who tested positive for COVID-19 include Republican state Sen. Tom Wright of New Smyrna Beach and Ray Rodrigues of Estero. Senate spokeswoman Katie Betta said Wright took three separate tests --- and tested positive twice --- at a state-supported testing site that was set up outside the Capitol for lawmakers, guests, legislative staff and reporters. The Florida House of Representatives on Tuesday released a list of seven members who were excused from the one-day session because they either tested positive or were exposed to someone who had tested positive. While Salzman tested negative for the virus, her son tested positive. The Florida House and the Florida Senate have different COVID-19 infection-prevention policies in place.