Updated Apr 6, 2021 - Health

Montana governor tests positive for COVID

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte at a fundraiser at The Sport restaurant on Main Street in Livingston, MT on April 23, 2018.

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte in Livingston in 2018. Photo: William Campbell-Corbis via Getty Images)

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) on Monday tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing mild symptoms a day earlier, his office said in a statement.

The big picture: Gianforte will be isolating for 10 days as a precaution, his office added. He received his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine last Thursday.

  • Research published in February found the first shot of Pfizer's vaccine prevented about 75% of infections, though there were some limitations to this study, Axios' Sam Baker notes.

Of note: Gianforte is the latest U.S. political leader to test positive for the virus.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with details of Gianforte's vaccination and further context on this.

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