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Mississippi’s Lt. Governor Has Tested Positive for the New Coronavirus

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi’s Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann has tested positive for the new coronavirus, his spokeswoman said.

That comes hours after Republican Gov. Tate Reeves announced that his own test for the highly contagious virus had come back negative.

The announcement about 73-year-old Hosemann came two days after the other top leader in the Mississippi Legislature, Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn, 57, announced his positive test for COVID-19.

Mississippi legislators were at the Capitol for most of June and on July 1, wrapping up their annual session that was interrupted for several weeks by the pandemic. Many legislators and others in the building did not wear masks, and people often sat and stood close to one another.

Hosemann has informed members of the Senate he tested positive for the virus and “will follow State Health Department guidelines by self-quarantining and working at home,” spokeswoman Leah Rupp Smith said.

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