SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Despite being fully vaccinated, Attorney General Sean Reyes was surprised to learn that he tested positive for COVID last week. He was battling a cold and had tested negative days earlier. He is following all the necessary steps to quarantine his family. and to keep the public safe. His family has all tested negative,” his office said in a statement to FOX 13.
The Republican Attorney General is involved in numerous lawsuits challenging federal government-imposed COVID-19 vaccine mandates, arguing that vaccination should be a personal choice.
His office also defends the state in a lawsuit over a law passed by the legislature severely restricting local school districts from imposing mask mandates. One of the plaintiffs in that lawsuit, the Concerned Coalition of Utah, responded to the attorney general’s diagnosis.
“We are sorry to hear that Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has a breakthrough on COVID-19. This is yet another reminder that the virus can only be contained through a combination of science-based public health policies, strong leadership and collaboration in our communities,” the coalition said in a statement to FOX 13. “We wish Mr. Reyes a speedy and full recovery. and hope to work with him and other government officials to slow the spread of this deadly virus.”
Reyes is the second high-profile official on Capitol Hill in Utah to test positive for the virus in the past week. House Majority Leader Mike Schultz, R-Hooper, confirmed he had also tested positive.
As of Friday, 582,929 Utahns had tested positive for COVID-19 and 3,428 had died; 1.7 million were considered fully vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Utah Department of Health have recommended booster shots to reduce the risk of a breakthrough infection and its severity.
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