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Whitmer tests positive for COVID-19 for the first time

By: - August 9, 2022 5:50 am

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer | Whitmer office photo

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced late Monday that she had tested positive for COVID-19.

“Thankfully, I am only experiencing mild symptoms after being fully vaccinated and twice boosted,” said Whitmer in the statement.

Whitmer said she last tested negative on Monday afternoon and that following standard protocol, all of her close contacts on Monday will be informed of her positive test.

“After speaking with a state doctor, I will follow the proper guidance and protocols, while maintaining a remote schedule to continue getting things done for the people of Michigan,” she said.

Whitmer added that she looked forward to getting back to work in person and meeting with constituents.

“I am grateful for the support of my family, my staff, and the vaccine for offering me robust protection against the virus,” said the governor, adding, “I encourage my fellow Michiganders to get vaccinated and boosted.” 

President Joe Biden, who tested positive for COVID-19 on July 21, also experienced mild symptoms and has recently returned to a normal schedule.

According to data from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), since the start of the pandemic, Michigan has had over 2.6 million confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 with more than 37,500 deaths. 

Last week, DHHS reported 20,173 new COVID-19 cases and 106 new deaths over the previous week in the state. Updated figures will be released later Tuesday. 

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Jon King
Jon King

Jon King has been a journalist for more than 35 years. He is the Past President of the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Association and has been recognized for excellence numerous times, most recently in 2021 with the Best Investigative Story by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Cleary University. Jon and his family live in Howell, where he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Livingston Diversity Council.