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A statement shared with The Hill said the GOP governor was experiencing “mild” symptoms and would be separated for 10 days. Gianforte’s office did not immediately confirm the governor’s condition.
His wife, Susan Gianforte, is waiting for her test results and has not yet found any symptoms.
The governor has “notified everyone he may have a close relationship with,” according to the statement, and his officials will undergo a COVID-19 test on Tuesday morning.
Gianforte received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine last week. He shared a video on social media getting vaccinated at Walgreens in the state.
The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective and accessible to all Montanans aged 16 years and over.
Thanks to the wonderful staff at @Walgreens for making my first picture yesterday, quick, easy and painless! pic.twitter.com/SZM2CdlikF
– Governor Greg Gianforte (@GovGianforte) April 2, 2021
Gianforte was not the first governor to test positive for COVID-19. Alaska Government Michael Dunleavy (R), South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) were tested in Positive for coronavirus among other governors
Montana governor last month lifted the state’s masking order after he said the state had made progress on vaccination against the riskiest COVID-19.
He made the announcement during the signing ceremony of laws protecting businesses, healthcare providers, places of worship and nonprofit organizations from cases involving the coronavirus.
Montana has reported at least 105,142 COVID-19 cases and 1,466 deaths.