Walz, Flanagan to quarantine after possible COVID exposure

Published 1:27 pm Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Gov. Tim Walz, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm will all go into quarantine through March 25 following a possible exposure to COVID-19.

All three were in the same room during a Monday press conference with a staff member who later tested positive, Walz’s office said Wednesday. A statement from the governor’s office said the three officials were not standing close to the staffer.

The last public event for Walz was a press conference Monday at the Mall of America. Minnesota U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith were also in attendance.

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Walz has not been vaccinated. He tested negative on Monday. Flanagan and Malcolm have received doses, but are not considered beyond the waiting period.