Utah lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19 after Capitol meetings

SALT LAKE CITY — A state lawmaker has tested positive for COVID-19, just days after he and other lawmakers gathered at the Utah Capitol for interim meetings.

Sen. Daniel McCay, R-Riverton, made the announcement Saturday in a statement explaining that he began experiencing some symptoms associated with the coronavirus earlier in the week, prompting him to seek medical confirmation.

“After leaving the Capitol on Wednesday evening, I began to feel unwell. When my symptoms persisted the following day, I was tested and received a positive COVID-19 test notification on Friday morning. I am CDC recommendations and self-isolating at home,” he wrote.

He noted that he attended an interim committee on Tuesday morning, where he said committee members socially distanced appropriately and everyone present wore masks.

“I have consulted and worked with Senate staff and the Utah Department of Health to advise those with whom I may have come in close contact, and we are following the recommendations of the Utah Department of Health “, McCay said. “As we all know, COVID-19 is contagious, especially because carriers can be asymptomatic. I encourage all Utahns to follow health recommendations, including wearing a mask, washing hands frequently, and practicing social distancing.

McCay represents District 11, which includes parts of Bluffdale, Draper, Herriman, Lehi, Riverton and Sandy.

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