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Legislature taking precautions after employee tests positive for COVID-19

The employee is employed by the Department of Finance and Administration. This department oversees the state buildings and grounds, including Capitol. The case and no other information were immediately available. House Speaker Philip Gunn said Monday afternoon that extra safety precautions would be in place in the House. For example, not all members will be in the chamber at once. Gunn stated that “we are trying to keep the environment safe.” Some members will be able to listen to the debate from other rooms and only enter the chamber to ask questions, discuss bills, or make amendments. He said, “We ask everyone to wear masks.” “We haven’t mandated it, however we believe it is appropriate.” While the legislative leadership used to have strict safety precautions in place earlier this year, they have been able to relax through guidelines. A Capitol Police officer was reportedly infected with coronavirus in March. The incident occurred while the Legislature was in recess due to the pandemic. The Legislature resumed its session in May, and they hope to complete it next week. The Capitol has restricted access. All visitors to the Capitol must have their temperatures checked and answer any medical questions. There have been no reports that any member of the 174-member state Legislature has tested positive for COVID-19. To support this important work, you can make a regular donation to the Spring Member Drive today.