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Gov. Lamont’s communications director tests positive for COVID-19, U.S. senators self-isolating


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A member of Governor Ned Lamont’s senior staff has tested positive for COVID-19, officials announced Friday night.

In a statement on Twitter, the staffer revealed his COVID-19 positive status with a message directed to Connecticut media members. Governor Lamont’s Director of Communications, Max Reiss, said he contracted COVID-19 but has not shown any symptoms.

Reiss is the first known case of coronavirus within the Office of the Governor, and he will remain in quarantine for the next two weeks.

The governor and his administration continue to be tested. There are no known additional positive cases at this time. Contact tracing is underway, and all members of the Lamont administration who have been in close contact with Reiss will also self-quarantine for 14 days.

The governor will immediately begin self-quarantining as well as multiple members of the governor’s senior staff.

Both U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy said they did not come in close contact with Reiss, but they will be self-isolating and getting COVID-19 tests.

Sen. Blumenthal said in a tweet Saturday, “I hope all of the Governor’s staff is doing OK. Although I didn’t come into close contact, as defined by the CDC, with the staffer who tested positive, I’ve just returned from being tested myself and am currently self-isolating.”

Sen. Murphy posted to Twitter Saturday saying, “I attended an event yesterday with the Governor but was not in close contact with the staff member who tested positive. Out of an abundance of caution, though, I am isolating until I get tested and consult with the Office of Attending Physician Monday morning.”

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