Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has tested positive for coronavirus.
The Republican, who received his first vaccination shot last week, will isolate himself for 10 days in accordance with public health guidelines and his doctor’s recommendations, his office said. His wife, Susan Gianforte, was also tested and showed no symptoms while awaiting results.
Gianforte said he and his staff had been tested regularly since being sworn in on January 4. The staff was to be tested again on Tuesday and people with whom the governor has recently had close contact had been notified, the governor̵
Gianforte is in his first term as governor of Montana after driving unsuccessfully against Democrat Steve Bullock in 2016.
Gianforte then ran for the US House of Representatives in a special election in 2017. He made national news in May of that year when he attacked Ben Jacobs, then a reporter for the Guardian, during a campaign incident.
The body-slamming attack, captured on sound by Jacobs and confirmed by Fox News reporters, resulted in a charge of misdemeanor.
Although an aide initially made a false statement about the attack, Gianforte pleaded guilty to assault and was fined and sentenced to anger management classes. He also agreed to donate $ 50,000 to the committee to protect journalists.
Gianforte still won Montana’s only seat in Parliament and was re-elected in 2018. In 2020, he beat Democrat Mike Cooney to become governor.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Montana has recorded more than 105,000 cases of Covid-19 and 1,466 deaths.
The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Covid-19 vaccines do not cause positive results on viral coronavirus testing.