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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tests positive for COVID-19

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she is working remotely after testing positive for COVID-19. (Bridge file)
  • The governor is working remotely and will notify close contacts after a busy week of campaigning
  • COVID cases again are amid an uptick in Michigan

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced late Monday she has tested positive for COVID-19 but symptoms are mild.

In a statement, Whitmer said she tested positive on Monday after a test earlier that day was negative. She is twice vaccinated and doubly boosted and said she will be “maintaining a remote schedule to continue getting things done for the people of Michigan.”

The positive test comes less than a week after the August primary election. Whitmer had several campaign events, and she said in her statement that she will notify close contacts.

"I am grateful for the support of my family, my staff, and the vaccine for offering me robust protection against the virus," she said.

This is Whitmer’s first time with the virus. Her positive test comes amid an uptick in cases, as the BA.5, an omicron subviariant, has increased cases the past four months to an average of  2,513 daily cases last week.

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