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Rep. Hagedorn tests negative for COVID-19 after flying with President Trump

Hagedorn flew on Air Force One with the president while the president was possibly infectious, a day before he tested positive for COVID-19.

Update: Hagedorn has tested negative. 

"According to CDC guidelines there was no requirement for Rep. Hagedorn to be tested today, but he did so out of an abundance of caution. No additional COVID tests have been ordered for him by either his personal doctor or the Attending Physician of the U.S. Congress at this time," a Hagedorn spokesperson told BMTN. 

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After traveling to and from Duluth with President Donald Trump, who was likely infectious with COVID-19 on Wednesday, Minnesota Congressman Jim Hagedorn has been advised by a doctor that he doesn't need to quarantine. 

In a media release, Rep. Hagedorn said he spoke directly with Dr. Brian P. Monahan, the attending physician for the U.S. Congress, and was advised that because he wasn't within six feet of the president for 15 or more minutes he doesn't meet the criteria to quarantine as a precaution for potential further spread of the virus. 

"Dr. Omnahan advised the congressman to continue his official duties, such as voting on the House floor, wear a mask, and delay air travel until the results of his COVID-19 test are confirmed as 'negative,'" the statement said. 

The results of Hagedorn's test are expected later Friday. If the result is negative, it doesn't mean Hagedorn is out of the woods. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, anyone with symptoms should get tested right away, but asymptomatic individuals should wait 5-7 days after an event to get tested. 

"People should get tested five to seven days after the event. If they test negative, they should get tested again around 12 days after the event. People should get tested in their home communities and seek testing from their health care provider when possible," MDH said in a release Friday, encouraging everyone who attended the Trump rally to get tested

St. Louis County public health officials note that a COVID test is a point in time indicator, so if a person is tested too soon, their result may be negative even though they could be infected and contagious. 

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President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and one of his aides, Hope Hicks, have tested positive for COVID-19. The president announced his positive test late Thursday night, and he has since developed mild symptoms, specifics of which haven't been conveyed. 

The Trumps were in Minnesota Wednesday, where they went to the home of Cambria owner Marty Davis in Shorewood – during which few wore masks and some sang karaoke, according to Blois Olson – and flew on Air Force One to Duluth. 

Hagedorn, 57, announced in February that he was over a year into a battle with kidney cancer. He was diagnosed at Mayo Clinic Feb. 15, 2019, just two months after he married his wife, Minnesota GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan. Despite cancer, he remains active in role role serving southern Minnesota. 

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