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Mon Mar 23, 2020, 12:10 PM

MN Gov. Tim Walz self-quarantines after security member tests positive for COVID-19

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz put himself into quarantine Monday after a member of his security detail tested positive for COVID-19, while U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said her husband was hospitalized with COVID-19.

The announcements followed an Instagram post by Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan late Sunday that her brother died of the disease in Tennessee.

The governor will self-quarantine for 14 days. Walz learned of the potential exposure early Monday morning and has not left his home since, his office said in a statement. He was in proximity to the individual late last week.

The most important thing Minnesotans can do to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home, Walz said. Im using this as an opportunity to lead by example. Though Im feeling healthy and not showing any symptoms, Im going to work from home and model the protocol we are asking all Minnesotans to follow.

Klobuchar said in a statement that her husband, John Besser, began feeling sick when she was in Minnesota and he was in Washington, and that he immediately quarantined himself. The former presidential candidate said he sought a test and chest X-ray after he began coughing up blood, and was checked into a Virginia hospital with very low oxygen levels which really havent improved.


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