Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte Tests Positive For COVID-19
Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has tested positive For COVID-19.
The governor’s office said in a statement Monday evening that Gianforte tested positive after experiencing mild symptoms on Sunday. He is now isolating for 10 days and his office staff are being tested.
The governor’s office says Gianforte has held no public events since last Thursday.
Spokesperson Brooke Stroyke said Gianforte has been in close contact with one staff member, a member of his protective detail and family and friends whom he had dinner with. Stroyke said it’s unknown where the governor contracted the virus.
Coronavirus case numbers have plateaued at around 1,000 active in the state, although some county health officials are warning variants could lead to resurgence.
Just over 21 percent of the state’s more than a million people are fully vaccinated.
Gianforte, who is 59 years old, received his first Pfizer vaccine dose last week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people are not fully protected until two weeks after their second shot.