Michigan lawmaker says she has COVID-19, revealed by fellow lawmaker


Dave Boucher

| Detroit Free Press

A lawmaker in the Democratic state of Southfield said she tested positive for COVID-19, saying she was exposed to the disease by a fellow lawmaker.

Representative Kyra Harris Bolden confirmed the diagnosis on Facebook and Twitter messages Tuesday.

“On November 12, I was informed that I had been exposed to COVID-19 while working with colleagues and that I had been in quarantine since receiving the call, except for leaving home to be tested for the virus. Fortunately, my symptoms have been very mild and I’m on the mend, ”said Bolden.

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House Minority Leader Christine Greig of D-Farmington Hills has confirmed that Bolden and other lawmakers have been exposed to the Statehouse.

“I am aware of Rep’s positive COVID-19 test. Bolden and I wish him a speedy and full recovery. Representative Bolden was informed by the House Business Office on November 12, 2020, along with several lawmakers and staff at the same event, of the COVID-19 exposure of a lawmaker who wished to remain anonymous, “Greig said in a press release. .

“Michigan House Democrats… and staff were encouraged to get tested and follow CDC guidelines. No additional cases of COVID-19 are known in our caucus at this time. ”

On November 11, the Michigan house leadership canceled the session and committee meetings scheduled for November 12. Gideon D’Assandro, a spokesperson for Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, said nothing needed the immediate attention of lawmakers. But State Representative Scott VanSingel R-Grant confirmed that week that he was recovering from COVID-19.

The state Senate was in session on Nov. 12, with lawmakers participating in several committee meetings. State Senator Kim LaSata of the Township of R-Bainbridge attended at least four committee hearings that day. The next day, she confirmed that she had tested positive for COVID-19.

“I had not experienced any symptoms before receiving a test administered during a scheduled routine medical examination, and I remain asymptomatic. Since I did not know I was exposed to the virus and had no symptoms, I attended the Senate session and committee hearings. as usual Thursday, ”LaSata said in a statement at the time.

D’Assandro said Tuesday that “the House Business Office is running a strong contact tracing program.” He said it was up to individuals to provide details of private medical information.

In her social media statements, Bolden said she tested positive after having her nose blocked.

“I encourage my colleagues to take this virus seriously and get tested as a precaution, especially before going back to committee and session,” Bolden said.

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Bolden is at least Michigan’s 10th lawmaker with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19. In addition to LaSata and VanSingel, Rep Ann Bolin, R-Brighton, confirmed earlier this month that she had also tested positive.

Also earlier this month, Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, D-Flint, confirmed on Twitter that he had COVID-19. In September, Beau LaFave State Representative R-Iron Mountain announced his own diagnosis. State Senator Tom Barrett – a Republican from Charlotte who sponsored a bill to limit emergency powers Gov. Gretchen Whitmer previously used during the pandemic – tested positive in August. Barrett recovered and returned to legislative work.

In March, Detroit Democratic Rep. Tyrone Carter and Rep. Karen Whitsett tested positive. While they would recover, State Representative Isaac Robinson, D-Detroit, died later that month from suspected complications from coronavirus.

Lawmakers are due to resume committee meetings next week.

Contact Dave Boucher at [email protected] or 313-938-4591. Follow him on Twitter @ Dave_Boucher1.


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