ST. PAUL, Minn. – Earlier today, it was revealed that an additional Republican Senator has tested positive for COVID-19 bringing the total number of Senate Republicans who have contracted the virus following an in-person caucus meeting to 4. Despite this news, it remains unclear how many Republican Senators or staff were exposed or who has been tested or the results of these tests.
In the interest of public health, Senator Matt Klein (DFL-Mendota Heights) is demanding full transparency and disclosure of all information that would assist in contact tracing for exposed members of the Senate and public while respecting individual privacy concerns.
“I continue to care for patients on a regular basis. For their safety and my own, I demand that Senator Gazelka tell us if any of the members or staff who attended the November 12 special session with me have been tested or have experienced symptoms, and if any of those tests have been positive. I ask the assistance of senate secretary Cal Ludeman in pursuing this demand.
Full transparency about this spreader event can be accomplished with de-identified data and should not compromise individual privacy. It is an essential step to protect all of our members, staff, their families, their communities, and in my case, my patients.”