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Walz, Flanagan, Malcolm all quarantine after staff member tests positive for COVID

They were potentially exposed on Monday.

Gov. Tim Walz, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm are quarantining after being in the same room with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

A statement from Walz's spokesperson Teddy Tschann said Walz's staff member tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday morning after being tested on Tuesday. 

Walz, Flanagan and Malcolm were not within six feet of the staff member for more than 15 minutes, but they were in the same room as them for the duration of the state's news conference on Monday. 

Because of this, they'll quarantine for 10 days from the date of exposure, which is what is recommended by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. The quarantine is due to end on Mar. 25.

As a result, Gov. Walz will be postponing his scheduled State of the State address until after he's completed quarantine. The potential exposure also forced Walz to cancel a planned tour of the St. Cloud vaccination site. 

Gov. Walz has not yet been vaccinated, while Lt. Gov. Flanagan has received one of the two required doses of the Moderna vaccine. Commissioner Malcolm has gotten the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, but is still within 14 day period before it achieves full efficacy.

"The governor hopes this serves as an important reminder for Minnesotans that, while we are close to the end of the pandemic, we must continue to take COVID-19 seriously. Wear a mask, social distance, get tested, and sign up to get vaccinated," Tschann's statement said.

Walz previously had to quarantine toward the start of the pandemic after a member of his security team tested positive for COVID.

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