ATLANTA - A second state senator has tested positive for coronavirus.

Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, R-Marietta, announced on her Facebook page Friday night that she began to self-quarantine last Saturday night after developing a fever. She was tested for COVID-19 on Sunday, and the result came back positive on Friday.

Kirkpatrick stayed home from the General Assembly’s one-day special session on Monday, as lawmakers ratified Gov. Brian Kemp’s declaration of a public health emergency in Georgia.

“I have followed the strict protocol recommended by [the Georgia Department of Public Health] and am comfortable that I have not put anyone at risk,” Kirkpatrick wrote. “Although I am in the at-risk age group, I am blessed to be very healthy and thankful that I am recovering without complications.”

All senators and their staffs were recommended to self-quarantine after Sen. Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta, tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

Kirkpatrick suggested on her Facebook posting that everyone follow the recommendations of the federal Centers for Disease Control and the DPH to continue social distancing, frequent hand washing and cleaning of surfaces.

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