Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has gone into self-quarantine and is working from home after being exposed to someone with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
The governor found out about his exposure Monday morning and has not left his home. Walz is not showing any symptoms of the disease but will follow the 14-day self-quarantine guidelines that health officials recommend after coming into contact with a known COVID-19 carrier.
“The most important thing Minnesotans can do to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home,” said Governor Walz in a statement. “I’m using this as an opportunity to lead by example. Though I’m feeling healthy and not showing any symptoms, I’m going to work from home and model the protocol we are asking all Minnesotans to follow.”
The person with COVID-19 that Walz came into contact with is a a member of his security detail, who tested positive late Sunday night.
Through his quarantine, which will last through April 6, Gov. Walz will continue to oversea the state's response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. What it means for his scheduled 2 p.m. Monday news conference is unknown.
“I’m grateful for the State of Minnesota’s sophisticated emergency management operation that allows me to govern and respond to crises from the Minnesota Governor's Residence,” Gov. Walz added. “We will continue to communicate with Minnesotans about our quick and aggressive work to combat the spread of COVID-19.”
News of the governor's close contact with a COVID-19 carrier comes the same day that Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced that her husband has COVID-19, and while Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanigan's brother, who lives in Tennessee, died from the coronavirus.
This is a developing story.