Two more Michigan legislators test positive for virus

Nov 13, 2020

Michigan legislature
Credit Michigan.gov

At least two more Michigan legislators have tested positive for the coronavirus, including one who attended Senate session and committee hearings on Thursday — the same day the House canceled votes due to infections among members.

Those with COVID-19 include Sen. Kim LaSata and Rep. Ann Bollin, both Republicans. Another Republican, Rep. Scott VanSingel, confirmed Thursday he was recovering from the virus. Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, a Democrat, announced his infection last week.

All told, at least seven lawmakers have tested positive this year while an eighth died from a suspected case.

LaSata said she learned Thursday evening that a test she had been given during a recent routine medical checkup came back positive.

“I couldn’t believe it,” she said in a written statement, saying she remained asymptomatic. “Since I had no knowledge that I was exposed to the virus and experienced no symptoms, I attended Senate session and committee hearings as normal on Thursday.”

Video shows LaSata wore a mask during the four committee meetings she attended. Amber McCann, spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, said the Senate Business Office alerted all Senate employees and did tracing to notify people who had “close contact” with LaSata.