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West Virginia state lawmaker tests positive for coronavirus

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A member of the West Virginia House of Delegates has contracted the coronavirus and is under quarantine, a House leader said.

Raleigh County Republican Brandon Steele tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, House Majority leader Amy Summers said in a statement. Steele chairs the House Government Organization Committee.

Steele addressed legislation in the packed House chambers without a mask on Friday. Delegates are allowed to remove their masks when recognized to speak.

“We have attempted to notify anyone who had the potential of high-risk exposure to this member, which would have meant close contact for more than 15 minutes, and we also want everyone with the House of Delegates to be aware of this positive case,” Summers said.

Virus testing will be offered at the state Capitol starting Monday, including a drive-thru option, the statement said.