Montana Governor Greg Gianforte has tested positive for the coronavirus and is in isolation for 10 days, his office announced Tuesday.
Gianforte, a Republican, was tested Monday for the virus “as a precaution” after showing the first symptoms on Sunday, according to a statement reported by ABC FOX Montana.
Gianforte received his first dose of vaccine late last week. But according to CDC guidelines, it takes two weeks after a second dose of vaccine, or two weeks after a one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, for a person to be fully vaccinated.
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Montana’s first lady has not shown any symptoms of coronavirus and is awaiting her test results, the governor’s office said in the announcement, and close contacts of the governor have been notified of her positive test. Gianforte took office in January and has since been regularly screened for the virus.
While Montana and other northern plains states were hit hard by the coronavirus late last year, former Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock implemented a statewide mask mandate. Gianforte rescinded it in February after signing a law that protected companies from liability related to the coronavirus.
Most people who contract the coronavirus experience only mild to moderate symptoms, if any, and make a full recovery. However, the pandemic has killed more than 500,000 Americans as it spread throughout the United States and the world.
Associated Press contributed to this report.