Utah House Republican Leader Mike Schultz tests positive for COVID-19 – Community News

Utah House Republican Leader Mike Schultz tests positive for COVID-19

One of Utah’s top legislative leaders has tested positive for COVID-19.

House Majority Leader Mike Schultz, R-Hooper, tested positive after feeling sick on Tuesday, a House official confirmed to the Deseret News on Friday.

Schultz attended interim meetings at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Tuesday. Later that evening, he began to have symptoms and tested positive, a House spokeswoman said.

Schultz was not present at interim meetings on Wednesday.

Schultz is the latest of several Utah lawmakers to test positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Rep. Jon Hawkins, R-Pleasant Grove, nearly died of COVID-19, hospitalized for weeks and unconscious. He missed a majority of the Utah legislature’s general assembly in 2021, as many of his colleagues feared for his life.

Another member of Utah’s legislative leadership, Senate President Stuart Adams, tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies in June 2020, though he said he never realized he had contracted the deadly virus.

Schultz was recently elected House Majority Leader by his fellow Republicans, replacing former House Majority Leader Francis Gibson, R-Mapleton. Gibson announced his resignation from the legislature last month, saying he should focus more on his family.

This story is being updated.

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