The Republican governor will isolate for 10 days in accordance with his doctor’s instructions and public health guidance and plans to work from home, his office said in a statement released on Monday.
Montana’s first lady, Susan Gianforte, has also tested positive for Covid-19, according to the governor’s press secretary Brooke Stroyke. The first lady was diagnosed Tuesday after having been tested the day before and exhibiting no symptoms.
The governor’s staff was set to be tested for the virus Tuesday morning as a precautionary measure and everyone with whom the governor has come in close contact has been notified.
Gianforte has urged Montanans to get vaccinated and on April 1 opened up vaccines to residents 16 years and older. In February, he let the statewide mask mandate expire, but said that local communities may continue to enforce mandates.
“Since we’re not out of the woods yet, I will continue to wear a mask, and I will encourage all Montanans to do the same,” the governor said during a February bill signing ceremony.
This story has been updated with additional developments Tuesday.
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