Legislative staffer tests positive for coronavirus

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FRANKFORT, KY. (AP) — A staff member for the Kentucky legislature has tested positive for the new coronavirus, according to an email sent to Legislative Research Commission employees.

The Monday announcement by LRC director Jay Hartz came two days before lawmakers are scheduled to reconvene Wednesday to vote on a new two-year state budget.

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In his email, Hartz said the staff member who tested positive for the virus is “recovering and doing relatively well given the circumstances.”

The staffer had not worked at the Capitol complex since March 16, when Hartz announced guidelines permitting LRC employees to stay home through March, Hartz said. The state public health department recommends a 14-day quarantine period after exposure to the virus, he noted. As a result, there’s a “relatively low-risk of exposure to other LRC staff from this staff member,” he said.

The staffer’s co-workers were notified and will follow self-isolation and quarantine protocols, he said. Areas of the building will be “cleaned as thoroughly as possible” before employees return, he said.



Legislative leaders didn’t comment immediately. Lawmakers haven’t been in session since last Thursday but are to reconvene Wednesday to take up the budget and other bills. They wouldn’t be in session again until mid-April when this year’s session wraps up.