Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann (R) tested positive for the coronavirus, staff members confirmed. various premises media.
“Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann has informed members of the Senate that he tested positive for COVID-19 and will follow the guidelines of the State Department of Health in quarantining and working at home,” said Leah Rupp Smith, deputy chief of staff for Hosemann, to the Clarion Ledger.
Governor Tate Reeves (R) announced earlier Tuesday that he and his daughters tested negative for the virus.
My girls and I had a negative result for COVID-19. Limited contact with people who were diagnosed, but prevention is better than cure! If someone you know gets the virus, get tested! Back with a 2:30 morning briefing.
– Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) July 7, 2020
Hosemann’s office did not immediately respond to a query from The Hill.
House Speaker Philip Gunn (R) announced Sunday that he tested positive for the virus, along with another member of the Mississippi legislature, whom he did not identify.
“We need to make sure that we do everything we can to get through this as quickly as possible,” Gunn said.
Gunn’s diagnosis comes after Mississippi lawmakers met for much of June, not always following the guidance of public health officials, such as wearing masks and not sitting nearby, as they discussed the successful proposal to remove the flag. Confederate battle flag of the state.
As of Tuesday, 31,028 people tested positive for the virus and 1,096 died in the state, according to Mississippi State Department of Health.