Utah Senator Deidre Henderson tests positive for COVID-19

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Republican Sen. Deidre Henderson poses for a portrait at the Utah State Capitol Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Practicing polygamy in Utah won’t be a felony crime for the first time in 85 years under a bill that passed the Legislature on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, and is headed for the governor’s desk. The Republican sponsoring the proposed change, Henderson, has argued that notorious polygamous leaders like Warren Jeffs have “weaponized” state law to keep followers from interacting with the outside world or going to police. Her proposal still includes harsher punishments for crimes linked to polygamy, like coerced marriage and sexual abuse. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Utah Senator Deidre Henderson announced Saturday morning her COVID-19 test came back positive.

“No big surprise, my COVID test came back positive. Stay safe out there, everyone. Wear your masks to protect others—by the time you have symptoms you’ve already been contagious for a couple of days and could have unknowingly infected other people,” said Henderson in her post on Twitter.

Republican senator and candidate for lieutenant governor, Deidre Henderson, said on Friday that two of her immediate family members tested positive for COVID-19, and had begun to show symptoms consistent with the virus and was “presumed to be positive,” but that still needed to be confirmed through her test results.

“We have been in contact with the Department of Health, and my family and I are following strict isolation and quarantining protocols as guided by public health professionals,” Henderson said in a post on Twitter.

“While I know people will have more questions, I’ll be resting this weekend and ask for privacy as I work to recover from this virus and take care of my family,” Henderson said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, symptoms of COVID-19 include but are not limited to fever or chills, cough shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.

Henderson is Lt. Governor Spencer Cox’s running mate for the 2020 gubernatorial race.

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