HARRISBURG (AP) — Jake Corman, the leading Republican in the Pennsylvania state Senate, tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, Senate officials said, a diagnosis that came a day before he was expected to announce his candidacy for governor. .
Corman, who tested positive despite being fully vaccinated, will be quarantined at home, the Senate Republican communications agency said in a brief statement. Corman’s symptoms are mild, it said, but went no further.
Senate officials did not immediately say whether other senators and staff will be tested or quarantined, as the chamber was in session both Monday and Tuesday.
Thursday night’s event billed as a “special announcement” in Bellefonte, Corman’s hometown, is being canceled, a campaign official said.
Corman, 57, who represents a portion of central Pennsylvania around the Penn State main campus, is pro tempore Senate president and has served in the chamber since 1999 after taking over his father’s seat.
For weeks, Corman was expected to compete in the race, meet with donors and hire campaign personnel. Corman had said he would discuss his political plans after Tuesday’s election, but neither he nor political advisers were willing to confirm his plans.
Corman’s entry into the race would dramatically increase an already large field of Republicans running for governor by double digits as the party searches for a candidate to replace outgoing governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat.