SALT LAKE CITY — Republican gubernatorial candidate Jon Huntsman Jr. is self-quarantining after a senior staffer on his campaign tested positive for COVID-19.
In a statement to FOX 13, the campaign said late Thursday they were informed the staffer tested positive. As a result, the Huntsman-Kaufusi campaign headquarters has been closed to be cleaned. Other staffers are working from home.
"The health of each member of our team and the public is our primary concern," said Huntsman in the statement. "We are also working diligently to reach out to anyone who may have been in contact with this staff member during the time that the staffer was potentially contagious. We will follow the instructions of health experts and not put politics and campaign concerns ahead of health and safety."
Huntsman, the former U.S. Ambassador to Russia and China and the former governor of Utah, said he and his running mate, Provo Mayor Michelle Kaufusi, filled out an online survey at testutah.com. It told Huntsman to self-quarantine and the campaign has postponed any public events. Mayor Kaufusi was told she did not need to self-isolate, and the campaign said she would continue her public schedule as normal while practicing social distancing.