Skip to main content

Two staffers for Tom Emmer's re-election campaign test positive for COVID-19

Emmer says he has not been exposed to the staffers for several weeks.

Two staffers on the re-election campaign for U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Emmer's office confirmed to BMTN that two of his "junior staffers" have tested positive for the virus.

They went into quarantine last week after showing symptoms for COVID-19, but Emmer says the pair do not have leadership roles in his campaign and he has not seen either of them for "several weeks."

Emmer is Minnesota's 6th District representative and is also the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

He came under scrutiny because he was one of three Minnesota representatives, the others being Reps. Pete Stauber and Jim Hagedorn, who flew with President Trump and White House officials on Air Force One to Minnesota for his Duluth rally, a day before the president tested positive for COVID-19.

Follow Bring Me The News on News Break

Rep. Emmer's office said his staffers' COVID-19 diagnoses was not linked to Trump's visit, and said that he himself has recently tested negative for the virus.

His spokesman told the Star Tribune that the infected staffers had driven together in a car several times as they put up lawn signs in the 6th District, and added that "everyone is masked up when they're in the office for the most part."

Emmer is facing Democratic challenger Tawnja Zahradka in the 6th District, which is considered a safe Republican seat.

Next Up

2019_1229_Bears_Home_0831

Ryan Poles picking Chicago creates battle of the rebuilds with Vikings

Both of the Vikings' GM finalists land in the same division looking to return to relevancy.

David Ortiz

Twins congratulate David Ortiz on HOF induction, it ends badly

Twins fans haven't forgotten the biggest mistake in franchise history.

Snowmobile tracks Any Arthur Flickr

Who left the burnt snowmobile on a frozen Minnesota lake?

There wasn't much left beyond the frame and a few other large, metal parts.

T Kline Robbinsdale City Council

Charges: Drunk council member fled police on wrong side of Hwy. 100

The complaint alleges he caused a wrong-way crash, then drove around an officer that tried to stop him.

20211010_Vikings_Lions_REG05_0560

What does the future hold for the Vikings at linebacker?

Anthony Barr is hitting free agency, and Eric Kendricks is approaching age 30

vehicle car

String of vehicle thefts in St. Paul, most left running unattended

The department is urging people not to leave their car running unattended.

kid hospital doctor

Child COVID hospitalizations reach pandemic-high in northern MN

As omicron surges, more kids are ending up in the hospital.

ice fishing close unsplash

'It's disgusting': Anglers dumping sewage on to popular ice fishing lake

A local CO told Bring Me The News it's people in newer, RV-style wheel houses.

Alejandro Rios and Michael Steward

Reward offered for information on 2021 double fatal shooting in St. Paul

It's been a year since Alejandro Rios and Michael Stewart were found dead on the sidewalk.

Related

Screen Shot 2020-10-05 at 3.13.09 PM

Jason Lewis to return to campaign trail after negative COVID test, 4 days of quarantine

The Senate candidate is one of the GOP politicians who greeted President Trump on his visit to Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2020-10-05 at 3.13.09 PM

Jason Lewis quarantines again after exposure to COVID-positive person

The Senate candidate had already quarantined for four days after being near President Trump last week.

Donald Trump

President Trump, First Lady test positive for COVID-19

The announcement came hours after it was confirmed one of his aides, Hope Hicks, had tested positive.

beer-tasting-flight-4778258_1280

Rochester bar closes after staffer tests positive for COVID-19

Health officials say there have been multiple cases of COVID-19 linked to bar hopping.

Screen Shot 2020-11-23 at 9.54.21 AM

Newly elected representative vows to flout Minnesota COVID-19 rules

He wrote to Gov. Tim Walz, inviting him to a backyard gathering ahead of Thanksgiving.

beer-tasting-flight-4778258_1280

Duluth brewery temporarily closes after staffer's positive COVID-19 test

Hoops Brewery announced the closure to followers on Friday.

10457481_768739116513748_4754831365596593771_n

After exposure to Trump, 3 MN congressmen violated Delta COVID-19 policy

U.S. Reps. Pete Stauber, Tom Emmer and Jim Hagedorn flew after being exposed to President Trump and others on Air Force One.