SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two Utah lawmakers tested positive for COVID-19, the same day a few anti-mask activists briefly shut down a legislative hearing.
Meanwhile, another lawmaker who has been absent from the session since it began last week has been hospitalized with the disease caused by the coronavirus.
A post on the Facebook page of Republican Rep. Jon Hawkins of Pleasant Grove reported his condition late Sunday.
Regular testing during the legislative session found two cases: Republican senators Sen. Todd Weiler of Woods Cross and Don Ipson of St. George. Ipson was absent while returning home and Weiler participated virtually.
“We think the system is working. We’re monitoring it really closely,” Republican Senate President Stuart Adams said. About 17 senators have either been vaccinated or have had COVID-19 already, he said.
Monday also marked the first day that people from the public could participate in person. One committee hearing was briefly shut down because three anti-mask protesters showed up brandishing fliers.
The lawmakers meeting in person moved to their offices to participate online after a five-minute delay.
“That is a health order — whether I agree with it or not — a health order that we must comply with,” said Republican said Sen. Jake Anderegg, co-chairman of the Social Services Appropriations Committee — a body where people vulnerable to the virus due to age or other conditions often attend.