After coming into contact with another person confirmed to have coronavirus, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Jason Lewis says he has tested negative for the virus, and will resume campaigning.
Last Wednesday, Oct. 7, his campaign announced he was self-quarantining after coming into contact with a COVID-19-positive person. On Thursday, his campaign issued a statement that Lewis has tested negative for the virus and has not been exhibiting symptoms.
Lewis, who is challenging Democrat Sen. Tina Smith, is "looking forward to a return to the campaign trail in the coming days," communications director Christine Snell said in the statement.
Health officials have advised that because the virus incubation period ranges from two to 14 days, someone who has been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of coronavirus – being within 6 feet of them for at least 15 minutes – should quarantine for two weeks, even if they at first test negative.
Lewis started his latest quarantine just days after ending a previous quarantine having been among the dignitaries who greeted President Trump and his campaign during their visit to Minnesota. The president tested positive for COVID-19 after this visit, as did members of his staff.
Lewis said he had not been in close contact with the president or other COVID-positive individuals as defined by the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health, and as such ended his first quarantine after four days following a negative test.
His spokeswoman says he was "closer" to the infected person during the latest exposure, but hasn't once tested positive or displayed symptoms during his quarantine.
Lewis, a staunch critic of lockdown measures, has held numerous campaign events, sometimes indoors, and meetings without masks.