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Health department orders people at Giuliani hearing in Lansing to quarantine

House speaker says no votes will take place on Tuesday, but Legislature will continue meeting
The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.
The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.(source: WJRT)
Published: Dec. 7, 2020 at 1:20 PM EST
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LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - The Michigan House is meeting Tuesday, but no votes will take place due to a high absence rate caused by COVID-19 and other reasons.

House Speaker Lee Chatfield said several state representatives are awaiting COVID-19 test results in the wake of Rudy Giuliani’s visit last week to testify on behalf of President Donald Trump’s campaign. Giuliani tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend and was hospitalized Monday.

Chatfield said no legislators are considered close contacts with Giuliani based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. They are receiving COVID-19 diagnostic tests “out of an abundance of caution” and requested time away from the Legislature while awaiting results.

However, the Ingham County Health Department in Lansing is requiring several people at the hearing with Giuliani in the State Capitol to quarantine until at least Dec. 12. The health department believes Giuliani had COVID-19 and was contagious during his visit to Michigan last Wednesday.

Anyone who wasn’t wearing a face covering in the hearing room and anyone within 6 feet of him for 15 minutes or more is under a mandatory quarantine. The Dec. 12 mandatory quarantine date would be 10 days after the state of his testimony to the House Oversight Committee.

“Those who were present without a mask and those who were within 6 feet of Mayor Giuliani must quarantine for the safety of others,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. “I wish Mayor Giuliani a full and speedy recovery.”

Chatfield said several other representatives plan to miss Tuesday’s session in the House for other reasons unrelated to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, the House will remain in session Tuesday, but Chatfield said no votes will take place.

A full session and voting are planned Wednesday and Thursday.

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