“I failed to lead by example, at a time when I’ve asked everyone else in the Notre Dame community to do so,” Jenkins wrote. “I especially regret my mistake in light of the sacrifices made on a daily basis by many, particularly our students, in adjusting their lives to observe our health protocols.”

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., announced Saturday that he also has tested positive.

With the virus apparently spreading through the members, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced in a statement that the Senate will not be back in session until Oct. 19 but also made clear that the process for confirming Barrett’s nomination would proceed as planned.

“Since May, the Judiciary Committee has operated flawlessly through a hybrid method that has seen some senators appear physically at its hearings while other members have participated virtually,” McConnell said. “The committee has utilized this format successfully for many months while protecting the health and safety of all involved. Certainly all Republican members of the committee will participate in these important hearings.”

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, tested negative for the virus on Friday.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, continues to follow guidance from the Senate’s attending physician, as well as state and federal health officials, spokesman Michael Zona said.