Governor Tests Negative After Possible Virus Exposure

Gov. Gianforte has been self-quarantining since last week's possible exposure at the state Capitol

By Associated Press
Greg Gianforte, then a U.S. congressman, in Kalispell in 2019. Beacon File Photo

HELENA — Montana Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte has repeatedly tested negative for the coronavirus after a potential exposure at the state Capitol building, his spokesperson said.

Gianforte has been self-quarantining since last week, spokesperson Brooke Stroyke said Tuesday.

“As a result of possible exposure, the governor decided to self-quarantine last week and get tested,” Stroyke said in a text. “Since then, he has repeatedly tested negative. Following his doctor’s guidance, he will return to the Capitol (on Wednesday).”

Stroyke said no one in the governor’s office has tested positive for the coronavirus. It is not known when Gianforte was exposed or first tested.

Gianforte was sworn in on Jan. 4. The Legislature also convened that day and since then, two state lawmakers have tested positive for the virus, though one had not been in the building.

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