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Sen. Deidre Henderson announces she has tested positive for COVID-19

Henderson Cox
Posted at 12:28 PM, Aug 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-08 14:49:02-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Senator Deidre Henderson, who is also the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, has announced she has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a post on Twitter, Sen. Henderson, R-Spanish Fork, disclosed her diagnosis. She previously had announced two members of her immediate family had tested positive and she had already begun quarantine procedures.

In a lengthier public post on Facebook, Sen. Henderson said other members of her family contracted it and she urged people to wear face coverings to prevent the spread.

Sen. Henderson is the running mate of Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, the Republican nominee in the governor's race. She is also chair of the powerful Senate Education Committee in the Utah State Legislature.

She is the second member of the Utah State Senate to announce they tested positive for COVID-19. Senate Minority Whip Luz Escamilla, D-Salt Lake City, announced her positive diagnosis in March. Sen. Escamilla has since recovered.

Senate President J. Stuart Adams, R-Layton, announced he tested positive for COVID antibodies, but did not know when he would have contracted the virus.

In his own post on Twitter, Lt. Gov. Cox wished her a speedy recovery.