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GOP lieutenant governor candidate says she has tested positive for COVID-19

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Republican Sen. Deidre Henderson looks on during a hearing Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Polygamists have lived in Utah since before it became a state, and 85 years after the practice was declared a felony they still number in the thousands. Now, a state lawmaker says it's time to remove the threat of jail time for otherwise law-abiding polygamists. "The law is a failure. It hasn't stopped polygamy at all and it's actually enabled abuse to occur and remain unchecked," said Henderson. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

(UPDATE 8/8/20 12:46 p.m.) -- Stating it was "no big surprise," Sen. Deidre Henderson says she has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a tweet, she said:

No big surprise, my COVID test came back positive. Stay safe out there, everyone. Wear your masks to protect others—by the time you have symptoms you’ve already been contagious for a couple of days and could have unknowingly infected other people.

Original story below left unedited for context.

(KUTV) -- Sen. Deidre Henderson released a statement Friday saying she's begun to show symptoms of the coronavirus after two of her immediate family members tested positive. She is awaiting her test results.

"This week, two members of my immediate family tested positive for COVID-19. I have now begun to show symptoms consistent with the virus and am presumed to be positive, though this will be confirmed when my test results are returned," her statement reads.

"We have been in contact with the Utah Department of Health, and my family and I are following strict isolation protocols as guided by public health professionals."

The statement continued, "While I know people will have more questions, I’ll be resting this weekend and ask for privacy as I work to recover from this virus and take care of my family."

Henderson is Republican Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox's running mate in the gubernatorial race. They will face Democrat Chris Peterson in November's election.



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