Michigan state Rep. Kyra Harris Bolden, D-Southfield, has tested positive for COVID-19, she disclosed on social media Tuesday afternoon.
In a Facebook post, Bolden said she was notified Nov. 12 that she’d been exposed to COVID-19 while working with colleagues and took two COVID-19 tests, once when she was asymptomatic and again after she began experiencing mild symptoms.
The first test came back negative, she wrote in the post. The second came back positive “but took several days to receive,” she continued.
“Thankfully, my symptoms have been very mild and I am on the mend,” Bolden said.
Bolden encouraged her fellow lawmakers to take the virus seriously and get tested out of an abundance of caution, “particularly before returning to committee and session.”
“This virus is very real, and each of us must be responsible to do all that we can to ensure we are staying safe, and that means quarantining after exposure, and informing folks we may have come in contact with after receiving a positive test result,” she wrote.
Bolden is the fifth Michigan lawmaker to announce a positive COVID-19 diagnosis this month.
Early in the pandemic, Rep. Tyrone Carter, D-Detroit, was the first state lawmaker to test positive for COVID-19 on March 26. Three days later, Rep. Isaac Robinson, D-Detroit, died at Detroit Receiving Hospital after suffering breathing problems. His death was later linked to the coronavirus.
More Capitol cases would follow: Rep. Karen Whitsett, D-Detroit in April; Sen. Tom Barrett, R-Charlotte, and Rep. Beau Lafave, R-Iron Mountain, in September. Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, D-Flint, announced he was recovering from home on Nov. 6.
The following week, three more Republican lawmakers tested positive: Kim LaSata of Bainbridge Township, Ann Bollin of Brighton and Scott VanSingel of Grant.
Counting Bolden’s diagnosis, COVID-19 has infected 6.8% of Michigan’s state lawmakers serving in the House and Senate this session. That’s more than twice the overall rate of infection in Michigan, 2.6%.
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