LANSING, Michigan (AP) – Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey said Wednesday he tested positive for coronavirus two days before Christmas and has recovered at home.
The Clarklake Republican, who publicly announced the infection three weeks after learning about it, is at least the 13th lawmaker to test positive. A 14th died of a suspected case in March.
Shirkey was in Lansing for the opening day of the two-year session on Wednesday. He experienced fever and fatigue during his illness, spokeswoman Amber McCann said.
He believes he was denounced on December 19, a day after the Senate’s vote for the year ended. He walked into the House on December 21, appearing to remove his mask for 25 minutes to listen to the farewell remarks from limited-time House Speaker Lee Chatfield.
Shirkey first incorrectly reported that he last visited Lansing on December 18.
Last week Democratic Representative Abdullah Hammoud from Dearborn tested positive and said he was recovering at home.
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