The Governor of Montana. Greg gianforteGregory Richard Gianforte Montana Governor Signs Bill Banning Sanctuary Cities Montana Governor Warned After Wolf Trapping and Killing Near Yellowstone Healthcare Overnight: CDC Calls for Schools to Reopen Safely | Cuomo Faces Increasing Scrutiny Over COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths | Biden Officials Move to Begin Terminating Medicaid Work Requirements MORE (R) tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, his office confirmed in a statement.
The statement shared with The Hill said the Republican governor is experiencing “mild symptoms” and will isolate himself for 10 days. Gianforte’s office did not immediately confirm the governor’s symptoms.
His wife, Susan Gianforte, is awaiting her test results and has not experienced any symptoms.
The governor has “notified everyone with whom he may have had close contact,” according to the statement. Your staff will be screened for COVID-19 on Tuesday morning.
Gianforte received the first dose of his COVID-19 vaccine last week. He shared a video on social media receiving his vaccination at a Walgreens in the state.
The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and accessible to all Montanans 16 years of age and older.
– Governor Greg Gianforte (@GovGianforte) April 2, 2021
Gianforte is not the first governor to test positive for COVID-19. Alaska Governor Michael Dunleavy (R), South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster (R), and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) tested positive for the coronavirus, among several other governors.
Last month, the governor of Montana lifted the mandate of the state’s mask, after he said the state has made progress in vaccinating the most vulnerable against COVID-19.
He made the announcement during a signing ceremony for legislation protecting businesses, healthcare providers, places of worship and non-profit organizations from coronavirus-related lawsuits.
Montana has reported at least 105,142 COVID-19 cases and 1,466 deaths