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Utah lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19 after meetings at Capitol

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Sen. Daniel McCay, R-Riverton, speaks during an Abortion-Free Utah rally at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 19, 2019.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — A state lawmaker has tested positive for COVID-19, just days after he and other legislators gathered at the Utah Capitol for interim meetings.

Sen. Daniel McCay, R-Riverton, made the announcement Saturday in a statement explaining that he started feeling some symptoms associated with coronavirus earlier in the week, prompting him to seek medical confirmation.

“After I left the Capitol on Wednesday evening, I started feeling under the weather. When my symptoms persisted the next day, I got tested and received a positive COVID-19 test notification on Friday morning. I am following the CDC recommendations and self-isolating at home,” he wrote.

He noted that he attended an interim committee Tuesday morning, where he said committee members were appropriately socially distanced and each person present wore masks.

“I’ve consulted and worked with Senate staff and the Utah Department of Health to notify those I may have been in close contact with, and we are following recommendations from the Utah Department of Health,” McCay said. “As we all know, COVID-19 is contagious, especially because carriers may be asymptomatic. I encourage all Utahns to follow the health recommendations, including wearing a mask, washing hands frequently and practicing social distancing.”

McCay represents District 11, which includes parts of Bluffdale, Draper, Herriman, Lehi, Riverton and Sandy.