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Montana State Auditor Tests Negative For COVID-19

Matt Rosendale is sworn in January 2, 2017 as Montana State Auditor at the state Capitol. He was joined by his wife Jean. Rosendale served as Senate Majority Leader in the 2015 Montana Legislature.
Jackie Yamanaka
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Yellowstone Public Radio
Matt Rosendale is sworn in January 2, 2017 as Montana State Auditor at the state Capitol. He was joined by his wife Jean. Rosendale served as Senate Majority Leader in the 2015 Montana Legislature.

Montana State Auditor Matthew Rosendale says he’s tested negative for the novel coronavirus a week after being potentially exposed at a GOP fundraising event in Gallatin County.

Rosendale, who’s running for U.S. House, was one of a handful of Republicans running for statewide office to attend the fundraiser.

Greg Gianforte’s gubernatorial runningmate Kristen Juras, his wife Susan Gianforte, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen and Republican candidate for State Auditor Troy Downing were also in attendance, according to reporting by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

All said they had been tested and were undergoing two weeks of quarantine following the event also attended by Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend. The New York Times reported Guilfoyle tested positive for COVID-19 last Friday.

Montana has seen a striking rise in lab confirmed COVID-19 cases as the state progresses through the second phase of its reopening plan.