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Utah Senate leader tests positive for COVID-19

Utah Senate leader tests positive for COVID-19

President Stuart Adams did not attend a press conference on Friday about the state’s pandemic response to his positive test.

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Senate President Stuart Adams, R-Layton, will present a new treatment center for monoclonal antibodies to media in Murray on Thursday, September 23, 2021. The Utah Department of Health, which will operate the facility, will use the treatment for people sick with COVID-19 and provide infusions to up to 50 patients per day.

Utah Senate President Stuart Adams tested positive for COVID-19 just days before the legislature’s general session.

Adams was scheduled to join other state leaders at a Friday morning press conference to discuss Utah’s response to rising cases from the ommicron variant but was not present. The positive test led to his absence.

‚ÄúPresident Adams started having flu-like symptoms and tested positive for COVID. He is already feeling better and is ready to start the session on Tuesday,” Aundrea Peterson, deputy chief of staff for the Utah Senate, confirmed Friday.

At Friday’s press conference, leaders said Utahns must stay home for five days if they test positive for the virus. If they don’t show symptoms, they can go back to work after that time, provided they wear a mask.

Peterson says Adams began showing symptoms on Wednesday and tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

“He is following the CDC-recommended five-day quarantine period, which will end Monday,” Peterson said.

On Wednesday, Adams attended the Utah Taxpayers Legislative Outlook Conference at the Little America Hotel. He did not wear a mask when interacting with other attendees.

The 2022 general meeting will start on January 18.