Oct 30, 2021 - COVID

Minnesota lieutenant governor tests positive for COVID-19

Peggy Flanagan wearing a black mask wit flowers

Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, pictured at a July 2020 news conference. Photo: Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via Getty Images

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan disclosed Saturday that she has tested positive for COVID-19.

Driving the news: Flanagan, who is fully vaccinated, posted to Twitter that she received the positive test result on Friday, a week after her 8-year-old daughter came down with the virus.

  • Flanagan said that she feels "under the weather" with cold-like symptoms but is otherwise doing well. Her daughter is recovering with the help of "screen time, naps, and snuggles."

What she's saying: In a series of tweets, Flanagan stressed the importance of vaccination for those who are eligible to protect children who are still too young to get a shot themselves.

  • "I want to be clear: This pandemic is not over, and we have to keep doing everything we can to keep our kids safe," the Minnesota Democrat said.

Flashback: Flanagan has already experienced the pandemic's toll personally — her brother died after contracting COVID-19 in March 2020.

Of note: The lieutenant governor said she and her family have "stayed home" since her daughter's positive test on Oct. 22 to reduce exposure to others.

  • A spokesperson for Gov. Tim Walz said he has not seen Flanagan in person since before her daughter's diagnosis. The governor has had multiple negative tests since then, she added.

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