Governor of Minnesota Walz, family test positive for COVID-19 | national news



MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has tested positive for COVID-19, along with his wife and teenage son, the governor’s office said on Tuesday.

Walz said in a statement that all three of them tested positive on Monday after his son began to experience mild symptoms over the weekend. Governor and First Lady Gwen Walz remain asymptomatic.

All three have been vaccinated, including Walz who received the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine in March and the Moderna booster in October. They will be quarantined for 10 days, Walz said

“My family and I are isolating ourselves, and I will continue to work from home until I feel better and test negative for the virus,” Walz said in a statement. “In the meantime, I encourage all Minnesotans to get tested before the holidays, to roll up their sleeves and get their shots and booster shots to make sure they too have strong protection against COVID-19.”

“As a father, I am very worried about my family,” Walz said in a video posted to Twitter, while expressing his faith in the effectiveness of vaccines and boosters, citing his own lack of symptoms. The governor urged Minnesotans to get the booster shot and get tested if they are showing symptoms during the holiday season.

“The greatest gift we can give is to stay safe and watch our loved ones enter the New Year,” he said.

The omicron variant has quickly become the dominant version of the coronavirus, accounting for 73% of new infections across the country this week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Minnesota hospital capacity remains tight amid fears of a spike in omicron-fueled cases, with nearly 1,500 people hospitalized with complications from COVID-19 on Monday, including 355 in intensive care.

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