4th Georgia state senator tests positive for coronavirus

Sen. Beech said he did not know he had the virus until two days later.

ATLANTA — A fourth Georgia state senator has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Sen. Nikema Williams found out she tested positive Sunday night, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Greg Bluestein.

She was the second Georgia state senator to find out she has COVID-19 Sunday.

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Sen. Bruce Thompson was released from the hospital Saturday after having symptoms similar to those found in COVID-19. Thompson confirmed to Bluestein earlier Sunday that he tested positive.

"Becky and I appreciate your prayers during all of this, and I hope your and your loved ones are staying safe during these uncertain and trying times," Thompson wrote.

Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, who is a member of Gov. Brian Kemp’s coronavirus task force, announced Friday that she’d tested positive for the virus and has been on self-quarantine since earlier this month.

The Marietta senator wrote on Facebook:

To all my FB friends, I wanted to let everyone know that I developed a fever last Saturday night, March 15. As a...

Posted by Kay Kirkpatrick on Friday, March 20, 2020

The announcement came two days after Sen. Brandon Beach revealed he also tested positive for the virus.

Georgia lawmakers were urged Wednesday to self-isolate themselves after Beach revealed his diagnosis.

Several other senators have said they believe they may also be infected.