Minnesota State Sen. David Senjem, a Republican from Rochester, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to reports.
GOP caucus spokesperson Rachel Aplikowski confirmed to the Star Tribune on Thursday that Senjem got tested Sunday and found out Monday that he was positive. He's now quarantining at home.
Senjem told FOX 9 he got tested after developing a slight cough, and he's feeling better.
The 77-year-old senator, who represents District 25 that includes portions of Dodge and Olmsted counties, attended the Senate Republican leadership elections on Thursday, WCCO reports. Senjem was wearing a mask and socially distanced, reports say.
It's unclear if any Republicans are quarantining after potentially being exposed by Senjem who may have been positive but asymptomatic when he attended the caucus meeting.
FOX 9's Theo Keith notes at least 22 of the 35 Senate Republicans voted from home on Thursday during the Legislature's special session. Nineteen of the 32 Democrats stayed home too.
Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent's chief of staff John Pollard told FOX 9 no Democratic senators have tested positive for the novel coronavirus since Sen. Dan Sparks of Austin tested positive on Oct. 8.
Minnesota has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths recently. On Thursday, MDH reported a single-day record of 7,228 new cases, which smashes last week's single-day record of nearly 6,000. Meanwhile, the state reported 39 more deaths – the second-highest on record, which came a day after the state reported a record 56 deaths.
Bring Me The News has reached out to Aplikowski for more information.